Friday, April 27, 2018

A Day in the Country and a Night Full of American Football

Thursday, 26 April, 2018

It was another good weather day in Lombardia, perfect for exploring the surrounding countryside.

Coming from Southern California which is basically season-less, this whole Winter into Spring business is of interest to both Laurie and I.

For example . . .

This is the tree outside our kitchen
window in the Villa Skorpion's
extensive Botanical Garden

Everything else in the Garden has been blooming for a couple of weeks now except for this tree which we had given up for dead when this picture was taken last Saturday. 

Same tree on Wednesday,
just four Spring days later

Nature is an amazing thing as it turns out!

Laurie marveled at this sewing machine in the Villa.

Not new . . .

. . . it is an Original
Nähmaschine Bestes Fabrikat

It doesn't sound Italian to me . . .

Meanwhile, back to the Lombardian countryside . . .

Everything seems to be
greening up . . .

. . . or at least pinking up

An old church in the woods

This way to the Archeological Park
in neighboring Castelseprio

Laurie at some church ruins
attributed to the Longobards

Same ruins, different side

It was an extensive complex
once upon a time

One of America's more controversial
court cases

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian immigrants and anarchists who had immigrated to the USA.

They were executed for murder by the state of Massachusetts in 1927 on the basis of what many today consider to have been doubtful ballistics evidence.

For countless observers throughout the world at that time, Sacco and Vanzetti were convicted because of their political beliefs and ethnic background.

Italy has not forgotten them.

On to American football . . .

Another chapter in the bi-monthly
U17 vs. U15 Flag Wars

These are usually hard fought, somewhat even battles.

Not tonight, the U17s were on a roll 

17s on Offense 

TD Bomb U17s

Senior Team Derby Week
Practice Scrimmage

This was our last practice before our final regular season home game Saturday night against our crosstown rival Varese Gorillas.

This will be our fourth straight game weekend, we are a bit beat up as you might suspect but we will show up for the battle I'm sure.

SS Nicolas Principi
leads our team in Award Decals

For Paul Sabolic

Paul, I thought you would like to see how WR Matteo Mozzanica's 1960s UofW Husky Badge of Honor nose looked tonight.

Matteo is only 17 years old and has a bright future in our game I believe.

Especially now that he has a nose scar for life!

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