On evil Tuesday, we take all the furniture and books out of the living room, remove everything from the walls and fireplace. We mark the center of the wall and try to visualise the expanded room. It's the imagination that carries up through the stress of these projects.Soon we will be happy! We'll have lawn chairs on that end of the front terrace and can listen to Brahms or Bird wafting out of the contadina kitchen door.
From chapter 'Sempre Pietra' page 250 of 'Under the Tuscan Sun' by Frances Mayes
I have enjoyed reading this book on and off during the winter. It is fun to dream and adventure with Frances Mayes, to bask in the Tuscan countryside, read and savour the delicious recipes .... imagine eating the resulting dishes and smell the herbs flavouring the food as it cooks!