2021 in Pisticci….scary hot wind ….

Normally if the wind is blowing it means it’s cooler. But not today. I think its called a scirocco and it’s a little like being in front of a giant hairdryer.

This is a good day to be glad we already had a fire. Even though ashes and burned leaves are being blown up the street. When I went outside to water the flowers my eyes seemed to get very gritty. Could be sand or ash.

This is how it looks right now. The hills have disappeared behind what at first looks like smoke ,but thankfully isn’t.

Today would not be a good day to have a fire. It would spread at a tremendous rate. I haven’t heard the fire planes today. They make a distinctive sound.

Apart from the wind I’ve had a lovely day. I finally feel that my back problem is starting to get better and that there is something I can do to help.

This morning I walked up town . It was only 30C in the shade and that was pretty comfortable.

I wore one of my new masks and was pleased with it. Having ten washable masks of various colours and patterns to chose from is good.

A lot of people are still wearing masks outside in the corsa and piazza even though it is only mandatory inside. I’m okay with that.

I was particularly impressed with the person who came up to me outside the bar and put their mask on when they approached to ask about a painting. That makes me feel safe.

It was great to be out , even if I was a little achey. At least I stocked up on paracetamols and wine.

And the rest of the day I painted. I am ok with doing small paintings with no time limit.

For a change I liked this one. Hurray!!

I wanted it to look as if it was going back until it reached the church tower.

I wasn’t sure if I could make it look a little bit pretty if I included the green bin. I did miss out the upside down table on top and also a car parked right in the middle. The Italian flag was actually there.

It is so very nice to feel more cheerful. I enjoyed catching up with my painting diary.

This is being a lovely record of my work this summer.

Wine time now .🍷🍷cheers.

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