2nd August 2002. Turin,
Returned Sunday 29th July from a wonderful 9 days in the Alps, Rey to be
more precise, near Ollomont, above Aosta. Warm weather, high 20's for the whole
week - with snow on the peaks. Went for some wonderful walks and bathed my feet
in the ice cold mountains streams, ate fruit and yogurt and salads and feel
generally much refreshed. Arrived in Ollomont on the day of the Festa di Asino -
The Donkey Festival - and the popular DONKEY RACES - which is a local event,
Each donkey had one person pulling in front, one sitting on the donkey and one
pushing and shoving behind. One young man kicked his donkey in the backside -
which I thought was very uncharitable.
These donkeys are most likely descendants of the poor donkeys that had to
work in the copper mines which riddle the mountainsides with tunnels. Well, back
in Turin, Summer is in the full blown state, lethargic heat, butterflies, the
smell of burning leaves. There is a hammock strung between two pines trees where
I sometimes lie and stare at the passing clouds through the branches. Celia, the
wife of Cecil, the Letterbox lizard, has lost her tail, but, thank goodness
nothing else. It will grow back.
being the last month in Italy, I have more or less packed everything, so I can
spend the next few weeks in a relaxed manner, writing and pottering about. This
week I have, for some reason, entered a Goddess modality again. I must, in this
connection recommend the excellent website of Anne Baring.
been very generous with placing her lectures and articles on her website, and
more or less everything should be read. While in this goddess mood I found an
exhaustive goddess bibliography at a very interesting Goddess Kali site in
Dark Goddesses (with
Some Recommended Readings
Anne Baring and the Mabatakali Site point towards the importance of the new:
all for today - I will do a few more postings until it is time to leave Italy.
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