Today was a pretty much perfect day. The baby slept in until I had had my coffee which always makes for a great beginning. Then my neighbor Carla, who is the most amazing cook, invited me over to watch her make her "sugo" which was a ragu that she makes with boar. After she made the sugo she just gave it to me because her husband is a notoriously picky eater and won't eat it. (How anybody could be married to that woman and turn their nose up at such fare is beyond me). Since dinner was taken care of and it was a beautiful breezy day I decided to pack the girls up and go for a hike up to the Passo della Cisa. The ascent up the mountain went well. There was a strong wind blowing down the mountain and the smell of pine trees mingling with the freshly made hay in the fields was invigorating. We even passed a barn with a cow sitting in the stall all by herself.
The chapel up at La Cissa is one of my favorite little spots. It is very gothic and also everything is scaled down in miniature. It almost feels like a dollhouse. I was very proud of the girls for walking the whole way up and down the mountain as it is no small walk. We started out at noon and didn't get back home until close to six and they are now all sleeping peacefully. More to come. . .