My Italian Stone Wall is Finished

The wall repairs are complete. Beautifully and meticulously built, and ready to handle the next deluge.

The wall repairs are complete. Beautifully and meticulously built, the wall is ready to handle the next deluge.

Saturday, February 28, 2015. I slept so much better last night. My stone wall is finished. I arrived in Umbria yesterday, after taking the train from Rome (immensely less stressful than trying to drive from the center of Rome on a Friday afternoon). I picked up my car from the Cortona-Terontola train station and made the drive from there. When I pulled into the driveway, a handsomely finished wall greeted me….and one that indeed will hold the land above the house, even when rains are unrelenting.

I also have a nice area above the wall to plant lavender and/or rosemary. Before it was a jungle of brambles.

An added bonus to the completed work on the wall is a slightly wider parking area next to the house. You see, the old wall was “bowing” outwards, making parking, and being able to get out of my car, impossible.

If you’ve been following the previous posts about the initial collapse and the work in progress, you’ll appreciate that this particular trip was not laden with other challenges. This time the heating and hot water system worked beautifully, and I was able to have a celebratory hot bath, and a long, restful sleep.

This morning I met with the workman to make another installment payment on the wall, and I’ll be back in a few weeks to make the final payments. Also, my next trip will include a massive deep cleaning and paring down of all of the stuff I’ve collected. This is in spite of having purged many things prior to the move here. Simone has been reading, and singing the praises, of a recent bestseller called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I plan to download the Kindle addition and become ruthlessly dedicated to exemplifying “less is more”. Stay tuned for more about paring down and the freedom it can bring. Let’s see how I do embracing this strategy to have more space – literally and emotionally!

By |2015-03-19T12:51:08+02:00March 1st, 2015|My Life in Italy|4 Comments

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4 Comments

  1. Shelley Hobson March 2, 2015 at 1:59 am - Reply

    The wall is bellisimo!

    • Jed March 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Grazie a Dio!!!

  2. David McLain March 1, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I just loved watching this stone wall get rebuilt. I have always found satisfaction working with stone and being from New England have built my fair share of walls. There is a lasting beauty that gets passed on for future generations in stone work… You’ve restored a space in a way that preserves and honors its past. Well done Jed.

    D

    • Jed March 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Being able to see the construction firsthand was a real treat. I appreciate craftsmanship this “solid” and beautiful.

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