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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Outside the Mulino...


The three acres worth of grounds around the Mulino were hilly, varied and beautiful. After traversing a LONG, windy and very bumpy lane to get to the actual mill house, you are greeted by a mixture of hills, meadows, forest, fruit and olive trees, wild flowers on all sides and gigantic boulders with a stream running through the middle of it all.

The stream, complete with occasional waterfalls, was filled with numerous long, dark ropes of frog eggs which metamorphasized into tadpoles during the two weeks we were there. The girls dutifully checked on their progress daily and the pools were dark with them.

Norman has been industrious in clearing out brambles and underbrush and in the area surrounding the mill. And has also added stone staircases down to the 'caves' on one side and the stone fairy houses and stream on the other.


Can you see the free-standing stone bridge between the two houses in this picture? (Norman is the one who introduced me to Andy Goldsworthy years ago. He is one of Norm's heroes. Mine too, if it comes to that.) You can also just make out the large snail shell in the niche to the right of the top fairy house. The snails around the mill are huge (they'd fit in your palm nicely). This one has taken residence in the top house.


It is a most idyllic place - especially for the fairy nieces. Flowers, plants, toads, lizards, snails, sticks and stones, and endless places to roam...


As well as rope swings, boulder-caves, a stone cottage to explore, trails up through the hills - which end in ancient ruins and breath-taking views...

What a place!

2 comments:

CJ said...

I'll comment here 'cause no one else has ;) Each and every one of these three posts is enchanting...the photo's speak for themselves...thank you for sharing this with all of us!

Bendtherulz said...

So so glad to have you back. and it seems your time spent was so enchanting....Tara you are csting spell on us....loved those steps and secret pool and Fairy nieces are so adorable...ok byeee checking other post...lol
Tk care ~