Teepees and Rainbows August 9, 2011 by Shiva Rose Teepees and Rainbows in Tuscany August 9, 2011 This week we go on an Italian holiday where we visit rivers, vintage stores and goat farms. The thing I connected to the most in Tuscany (besides the rolling hills, and food) was the weather and the hypnotic sound of the cicadas during the day and night. We saw a few rainbows due to the sudden rain showers which only added to the lush greenery. My dear friends generously welcomed my daughters and I at their place near Siena, where the children roamed free like little sprites in the woods. They made spears from wood and a teepee from sheets. In the evening us adults would venture to Siena where we would wander around the main square, and gaze at the duomo with it's exquisite carvings out of marble. As much as I was seduced by La Dolce Vita, I did get a bit homesick for my California. On a train trip to Southern Italy, I was transfixed by an Italian man's T-Shirt that had a photograph of a surf board, a fishing pole and mountains with a big California logo splayed on the front. For some reason this touched me and i realized that deep in my heart I am a California girl . . . . after all it's home. Sadly on another note, this week my food supply coop Rawsome was shut down. I along with hundreds I haven't just lost access to pure, untampered food; but I've also lost my community of farmers and friends. Please read my piece on the Huffington Post that details the illegal raid: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shiva-rose/rawseome-shutdown-food-freedom_b_922130.html.