by guest blogger Elizabeth Bisbing

My husband, Richard Castellana, and I are staying at Il Palmerino, an artist residency that is quite affordable. We are both working. I on the kitchen table or terrazzo. Richard in an ancient studio. Generations of the owner’s family were artists.

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We are staying in a little cottage on the grounds. Outside our door there is a vineyard/ garden.

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There are veggies in the garden – of course it is the end of the season. Tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini. We are allowed to pick. We are having some of the tomatoes tonight.

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There are grapes of course.

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There will be a communal picking of these on the 20th. Not sure how good I’ll be at that. There is talk of some stomping as well.

There also are olive trees and that picking will be in November.

There are many fig trees. This fig tree had several fruits that were open — see the reddish ones?

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Lemon tree.

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Flowers.

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I learned today there is a persimmon tree. Also pomegranates.

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I forgot to mention the apple tree.

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Here are links to two brief videos of dancing at the grape harvest festival.

We return to New York in December.

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