Another stop on our tour of the Chianti region was at the terra cotta workshop of Sergio Ricceri.
Here we learned about the high quality of clay in this region, which produces superior terra cotta pots and decorative items. I was attracted to the planters decorated with lemons and also the roosters.
Sergio’s works are available directly from him (and several people in my group ordered pieces which he shipped–and they arrived perfectly intact).
These three pictures are from Sergio’s website; the painted pieces are hand-painted.
As we left Sergio’s workshop, the sun was setting, and everywhere we looked, the sky was vibrant pink.
This past weekend, my sisters and I went “up north” (as we say in Michigan, although there seems to be some debate as to where “north” begins). A friend generously let us use her cottage on a small lake in northwestern Michigan.
Michigan is said to have 11,000 inland lakes, in addition to the the Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) that outline the state (Lake Ontario is east of Michigan).
The inland lakes vary in size from Houghton Lake, which covers more than 20,000 acres to small lakes like the one we visited (which I once kayaked around in 45 minutes).
The weekend was very peaceful and relaxing, and I am grateful for my friend’s generosity and my sisters company.