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Poggio Piero

Poggio Piero
Rudy bulldog at Poggio Piero

Poggio means ‘hill’ in Italian and here’s Rudy on ‘Poggio Piero‘ or Peter’s hill. Maybe we’ll rename it ‘Poggio Rudy’. It’s funny how a bulldog looks so out of place in a vineyard.

Rudy bulldog at Poggio Piero

In the olive grove. Like something out of an advert for Bertolli, bet they’ve never used a bulldog.

Rudy in olive grove, Poggio Piero
Rudy bulldog at Poggio Piero
Rudy at Poggio Piero
Rudy at Poggio Piero

The walking around Poggio Piero ain’t great. Lots of little stones in the hard ground and quite a few bastard yard dogs in neighbouring farms so sometimes we have to go further a field, like to the nearby abandoned coal mine in Ribolla.

Rudy in old mine workings, Ribolla
Rudy in old mine workings, Ribolla

Shut down soon after a tragic disaster killing many of the miners. You can see some of the old works buildings in the background (above). Ribolla mine disaster

Rudy in old mine workings, Ribolla
Diamonds in the rough grass

Get up early enough i.e when the dew is still on the grass and we head down to the beach before the sunbathers.

Dawn on the beach near Castiglione della Pescaia

Dawn on the beach near Castiglione della Pescaia.

Rudy bulldog on the beach, Castiglione della Pescaia
Rudy bulldog on the beach, Castiglione della Pescaia
Rudy bulldog on the beach, Castiglione della Pescaia
Rudy on the beach, Marina di Grosseto

Rudy on the beach, Marina di Grosseto. It’s just warming up!

Rudy on the beach, Marina di Grosseto
Rudy in Poggio Piero
Rudy in Poggio Piero
Rudy in Poggio Piero

Time for a tour of the grounds before dark

Rudy on the beach, Marina di Grosseto

….and finally

Rudy in nativity, Grosseto

Haven’t you seen a bulldog in a nativity scene before?

Rudy in nativity, Grosseto

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