I don't want to become boring about our holiday - and there is plenty going on on the farm at present with more heifers and sheep and lambs arriving - but before I move on I must just show you this fabulous photograph.
In the far-off days when I did a degree in Renaissance art I would have given my eye-teeth to be able to afford to go to Florence and the other cities associated with that period - but money was short and I had to read about the art in books.
Since then I have been to Venice and Florence several times and really been blown away by it all - particular favourites being the Botticelli 'Primavera', which remains my favourite painting and the Donatello David, which shows him in pastoral mode rather than the big, strong MichaelAngelo version. But I had never been to Arezzo!
It was here, in the choir of the church of San Francesco that Piero della Francesca painted his most wonderful frescoes. His home town of San Sepolcro was only just down the road. His work - The Legend of the Holy Cross - adorns the walls of the choir. The colours are rich and sumptuous and sing out as much as they did in the 1450's when they were applied to the walls.
For me, seeing them (and there were only six people in the church at the time, not the huge crowds of Florence) was one of the highlights of my holiday.
His use of the new ideas of perspective, his tremendous use of rich colour and - above all - his portrayal of every face as a different person, was breath-taking.
So dear blog friends I will give you one tiny taste - this is a portrayal of the city of Jerusalem at the time of the crucifiction; but in actual fact he has chosen to show it as the city of Arezzo just outside the door of the church where he was working.
There is a piece of textile art lurking in that photograph if ever I saw one. My mind is working of ways of doing it - so any textile people out there - if you can give me any tips on how to get going on it, I would appreciate it.
In the meantime, marvel at the brightness, and above all the 'modernity' because don't you think it could have been painted yesterday?