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.
In the olive grove. Like something out of an advert for Bertolli, bet they’ve never used a bulldog.
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.
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
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.
Rudy on the beach, Marina di Grosseto. It’s just warming up!
Time for a tour of the grounds before dark
Haven’t you seen a bulldog in a nativity scene before?