The past two days here in Umbria at Bellaugello gay guesthouse I have been real busy out with the chainsaw opening up more views and cutting firewood.

The weather has been crisp and sunny,quite ideal for a bit of clearing and tidying.  I don’t feel motivated to get to the gym, so chainsaw-ing is a great workout substitute and productive too boot.

Odd though.  I thought cutting down a tree or two would make a big difference, but it seems to have made less of an impact than the removal of a now redundant large concrete electricity pole on the bank by the house.  The pole was lifted out of the ground by a huge overhead crane, and to my immense relief it came out cleanly like withdrawing the plunger on a syringe or bicycle pump without damaging any of the roses and cotoneasters planted around it.

Out at dinner last night the conversation turned to dentists. One of the dinner guests is off today to have a tooth extracted, I hope for him it comes out as easily and painlessly as the electric pole!

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