And there is quite a different sort of conversation around a fire
than there is in the shadow of a beech tree….
Four dry logs have in them all the circumstance necessary to a conversation of four or five hours,
with chestnuts on the plate and a jug of wine between the legs.
Yes, let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
~Pietro Aretino, translated from Italian
photo below – courtesy of Jolie Gordon