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The first swallows of spring arrive in February ?

The first swallows of spring arrive in February ?

The swallows and swifts in Barga are an annual feast visually and aurally with their coming heralding the arrival of spring and their leaving for the warmer climes of far away Africa, the rather dismal foretelling of the approaching winter.

Today is the 6th February and it’s been an unseasonably warm and sunny day and just to add to the odd feeling that maybe just maybe the worst of the winter is behind us – this afternoon flying  around the Duomo were three swallows or swifts  Normally they arrive in Barga much closer to Easter but this […]

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Spring arrives in Barga

11 o'clock in the morning and metal tables in the sun in Piazza Salvo Salvi steaming as they are wiped over with a damp cloth

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The first swallow of spring arrives in Barga

The first swallow of spring arrives in Barga

The swallows,swifts and martins in Barga are an annual feast visually and aurally with their coming heralding the arrival of spring and their leaving for the warmer climes of far away Africa, the rather dismal foretelling of the approaching winter.

Today is the 5th April and it’s 12 degrees outside, scattered rain with a chill wind blowing in off the snow covered mountains around the city. Spring seems like a long way away somehow BUT this afternoon the first swallow arrived in the skies above Barga. The phrase here is “one swallow does not a […]

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Frogs: the sound of spring

Frogs: the sound of spring

All this month we have been publishing stories about the arrival of spring here in this area with many images of the flowers blooming and fresh new colours but there is something else happening this week which is also synonymous with the change of seasons – the sounds of the spring. The air is filled with […]

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28th April and snow once more on the mountains

28th April and snow once more on the mountains

The winter refuses to leave.

It’s only 8 degrees out there today and fresh snow fall on the mountains around Barga.

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Spring sunshine and live music at DA ARISTOS

Spring sunshine and live music at DA ARISTOS

La Pasquetta in BARGA

Easter Monday with bright spring sunshine in the piazzas of Barga Vecchia with large crowds moving through the city. Many of them stopped in Piazza Salvo Salvi to listen to the music.   Some actually took a step further and instead of just drinking and relaxing at Da Aristo’s picked up a guitar and started […]

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The spring is here: water, water, water

The spring is here: water, water, water

The Corsonna is now flowing with lots of sparking, crystal clear freezing cold water coming down from the mountains

Well it has been a dry winter so far … hardly any snow and very little rain. The water reserves in this area have shrunk to a worrying level with the possibility of serious water shortages this coming summer. The spring has now officially arrived and normally that means the damp season has arrived. Just […]

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One swallow does not make a spring

One swallow does not make a spring

nor does one fine day - Aristotle

An allusion to the return of migrating swallows at the start of the spring season – One instance of an event (such as the arrival of a single bird) does not necessarily indicate a trend From a remark by Aristotle (384 BCE – 322 BCE): “One swallow does not a spring make, nor one fine […]

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Lone bird in Barga

the spring is here

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Spring has arrived in Barga

Spring has arrived in Barga

the spring weather has arrived, the swallows are here and visitors to Barga are enjoying the sunny piazzas, good company and that special feeling when the winter is finally put behind us and the sap is rising

While frequently attributed to Ogden Nash or ee Cummings the author of this amusing nonsense – known as “Spring In The Bronx” – is Anonymous. Spring is sprung, the grass is ris. I wonders where the birdies is. They say the birds is on the wing. Ain’t that absurd? I always thought the wing was […]

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The first swallows of spring arrive in Barga

The first swallows of spring arrive in Barga

The swallows and swifts in Barga are an annual feast visually and aurally with their coming heralding the arrival of spring and their leaving for the warmer climes of far away Africa, the rather dismal foretelling of the approaching winter.

Today is the 2nd  March and it’s 10 degrees outside with a chill wind blowing in off the snow covered mountains around the city. Spring seems like a long way away somehow BUT this afternoon the first swallows arrived in the skies above Barga. Normally they arrive in Barga a good three weeks or a month later, this […]

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The swallows and swifts are back in Barga

The swallows and swifts are back in Barga

The swallows in Barga are an annual feast visually and aurally with their coming heralding the arrival of spring and their leaving for the warmer climes of far away Africa, the rather dismal foretelling of the approaching winter.

The swallows and swifts which come back to Barga each spring after their long winter sojourn in warmer climes are once again in evidence but in reduced numbers this year. Many people have noted that the birds have been seen not just flying low, generally thought to be a sign of impending bad weather, but […]