Have you ever seen “Enchanted April“? It has become one of my favorite movies over the years for the sweetness and depth of the story. Four worn-down English women (housewives, socialites, misfits) decide to rent a villa in Italy during the month of April. Lulled by the beauty and peace of their location, they are able to heal and bloom. As a reviewer said, “It is impossible not to be swayed by the promise of restoration for these burdened characters — or for anyone alive.”
That line is also an apt way to describe my feelings this April as Sicily has burst into bloom. The island’s winters are not long or particularly dreary, but oh! a Sicilian spring! The air is perfumed with orange blooms, the wisteria covers stone walls, the poppies sway in the breeze, the bees hum from flower to flower.
This past Saturday we packed a picnic lunch and took a hike down into the valley below our house. (In the photo above, our home is the yellow one below the castle on the far right side of the cliff.) We wandered through the green grasses slowly before choosing the perfect spot for our picnic blanket.
^^^ Love bugs.
That’s Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe, behind us.
^^^ Pears, proscuitto, crackers, and local cheese.
I love this photo of Gil on the right!
^^^ Right before we got home, Elliott found one of the biggest grasshoppers we’d ever seen. I tried to get a picture of Lena holding it, but he bounded away in a flash!
Are you enjoying spring in your corner of the world? What’s your favorite part about it?