Hello Blogger Friends - this is my first posting since August 23rd! I'm actually a bit nervous composing this post. Almost like I've forgotten how to blog it has been so long. After months of internet problems, I decided to get a new computer and went with an all-in-one with touchscreen and Windows 8. I was just getting started with learning to navigate everything when things in my family fell apart.
Those of you who know me through Summit Musings and Facebook know that I--as do most of you--have primary caregiving responsibilities for older family members. In my case, Diva Sister fell, spent time in the hospital and rehab during late August - September. I just got her settled back in her apartment the end of September. At the same time, my older brother in Tennessee went into the hospital where he received a devastating diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer. He too was in and out of hospital and rehab and finally went home under hospice care the last of September. Of course, I wanted to be with him on his final journey--while dealing with Diva Sister-- so was driving back and forth between Kentucky and Tennessee to help with his care. Sadly, he completed his journey last Tuesday--at home where he wanted to be.
So, now I'm trying to get some normalcy back in my own life and that includes blogging!
This is the Convent of San Francesco in Tuscany, Italy. I took these photos on a garden tour of Tuscany in 2000. Look closely in the center of the photo and you'll see the campanile, or bell tower. The Convent is now a hotel and rehabilitation center for troubled boys and young men. (click on the photos to enlarge)
In this mosaic you see the old stone paths and walkways around the convent. Terra cotta urns and planters made locally from the red Tuscan clay line the paths and this single red rose climbs the convent walls. A common "hen and chicks" grows between the stones.
Here you have a view of the side garden and notice that each window has its own planter of red roses. A proud bronze peacock perches on the wall overlooking the well-tended garden. The boys and young men work in the gardens and the hotel as part of their rehabilitation. The discipline and responsibility--and hard work--was believed to help many turn their lives around.
Linking to InSPIREd Sunday and Mosaic Monday .