I do miss the beach this time of year, we had a great time in California this winter, lots of walks on the beach, sand in our shoes, and hair. I think Italian's have some affinity with beaches, even if it's cold, and Matteo loved beach walks most of all. We went to Miur Woods to see the redwoods too, or 'big big trees' as the boys were saying. Lots of city walks for me though, which was nice for a change. We've gone back to a nice rythm now, lots to do with the boys, but I do enjoy when it's just the three of us making bread or painting. We've been doing alot of gardening recently and they are just so calm out there digging or collecting things.