Harmony with Nature

Primary Colors

It was a beautiful spring morning, so we decided to take a walk down the hill to check on the progress of the canale antico, antique channel. They started the work a couple of weeks ago, so the project is far enough along to see how it’s shaping up. The channel will connect to the piccolo lago, small lake (really it’s a pond) to provide for over-flow in case of an emergency.

We were told that some years ago, the ground around a lake in Italy collapsed during a torrential down-pour, flooding a local hotel in the adjacent valley causing many casualties. So, as Italian law-makers are apt to do, they enacted a sweeping mandate that applies to ALL bodies of water, no matter how small—which of course includes our little country pond.

Italian Masterpiece

The beautiful part of this story is that they decided to solve the problem in harmony with the surroundings. Because this area is part of Italy’s historic countryside (and what isn’t?), they insisted on constructing the channel using an ancient technique. They “harvested” stones directly from the ground and timber from the local area.

We love the old style and workmanship and watch with great interest as is settles comfortably into the natural surroundings, unified with the beautiful environment.  They are building with such sensitivity—in harmony with nature.

As we watch them work, we appreciate one of those rare qualities of true Italians. They love to go against the grain of the contemporary impulses toward productivity and cost-effectiveness. They don’t mind going forward slowly and doing it right the first time, because, after all, it will be there for centuries and generations to come. People from around the world, just like you and me reap the benefit of their long view. For the foreseeable future and beyond, we will be able to marvel at the natural beauty, the timeless beauty—that is Italy.

You may want to visit our other websites:

“Stone by Stone” – Music from the Video “Harmony with Nature”

The Journey – The Ride of a Lifetime

Uncommon Promise Video Channel

Uncommon Promise Music, Story and Art

The UP Side Lowdown Blog by Cheryl

New Music – Virtual CD

In Touch In Tuscany


About cheryl & emerson

The Ride of a Lifetime! After sixteen years of trying to live in Italy as "true Italians," we set out to write a book about our experiences. As it turns out, we ended up doing a lot more than just writing a book because we decided that to capture the essence, we really needed music, poetry, drawings, videos and more. So, that's exactly what we did. You can find our complete body of work at www.uncommonpromise.wordpress.com. We hope you can visit us from time to time—let us know what your personal adventure looks like. Perhaps we can all glean some inspiration to go out and write a new chapter in our own stories! Wishing you the best, Cheryl and Emerson
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One Response to Harmony with Nature

  1. Aaron says:

    Great video. Even though you told me all about it, it was great to see the actual ridiculous endeavor.

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