I am in Aulla with four weeks and three days to go, not that I am counting…

Have a day off here thank heavens as my hips are killing me. Going to see if I can find a doctor for another magic jab.

The hotel I am staying in is family run, spot the disgruntled son in law, and caters by the look of it for truckies and wire salesmen, plus two old men who snarl at the staff…

But it is clean and tidy, food is mediocre.

Hopped into bed last night and there was a mini strobe light in the corner, heating control on the blink.   I am just four from reception so put my dressing gown on and stormed down there, reception full of truckies watching TV, night porter appeared to mutters of Inglese, me saying no New Zealand and stamped off with porter who proceeded to tie a black plastic bag over offending flashing light.

Asked the disgruntled son in law to look this morning, he took the bag off, twiddled and put it back on again!  Such are the joys of travelling.

Yesterday was actually a lovely walk, best since day one.   Very up and down though, up 300m down 300m but very pretty though woods.

Saw a snake, brown and moving about a metre long but skinny not like the brute we saw in india…i let this one have my side of the path.

Lovely village, Virgoletta, but nay coffee!!

Helebores growing in the wild and loads of primroses and violets but both had finished flowering.

Aulla was flattened in WW2 so is quite bland, suspect it is a Service centre…