A third post on Sicily. This one is for 'Val' following her request for another post.
Not everything in the garden is rosy in Sicily. Sadly beautiful buildings are allowed to crumble, very fine archways from antiquity, languish, neglected, alone, unloved, surrounded by shops and flats. Many charming buildings have service cables and pipes running along their outsides and overhead.
It was impossible to get a photograph of Norman King Roger II's beautiful 11th century residence in Cefalù without a cable overhead or a bundle of wires left exposed on the wall - click on image
This wonderful doorway shows years of neglect as does this lovely mid 17th century baroque facade.
However, the beautiful countryside, the magnificent beaches, and the splendours of so many buildings of exceptional architectural merit far outweighs this. Sicily is definitely a destination we shall return to.
In Cefalù these fine steps lead down from the the main street to the 'pubblico lavatoio detto medievale' - medieval washhouse.
There is a continual flow of water from the mountain behind Cefalù which passes through here and out into the sea.
Where do you draw the line? The entrance gates to the wash house were rusty, but I love them. They are what I call shabby chic.
A sleeping, slumbering, smoking giant.
The exquisite Norman cathedral of Cefalù
I wonder if this little wild flower is familiar to anyone? It covers Sicily in swathes of yellow. Is it a southern Mediterranean wild flower? it does not exist in my northern European book of wild flowers. As you can see it has a clover style leaf, and the flowers all emerge from the end of a long strong stem. The flower has a trumpet appearance before opening fully. The only reference I have found to it is Catania clover, which I think someone has made up, having seen it in Catania, Sicily, and because of its clover leaves.
Jane and Lance Hattat have given me the answer - it is Oxalis pes-caprae - yellow oxalis. There are 3 different varities, this one has little purple spots on the leaves. It originates from S. Africa, and has apparently been sold as a garden plant in America, where it has become a menace. Be warned, it grows rampantly as it has done in Sicily, and is extremely difficult to get rid of.