A wonderful week in Florence, Italy, with my students visiting the art galleries and museums. Spring clearly a few steps ahead here as you might expect. Saw a kite, possibly a black kite, circling above the Tuscan hills as we visited the beautiful San Gimignano and enjoyed the sunny cool weather. Whilst in the Baboli gardens behind the Pitti Palace I was able to get close to this wonderful robin. Clearly more concerned about defending it's territory than worried about how close I was standing I was able to take some photos as it sat warming in the spring sunshine. Almost spherical in it's late winter plumage it posed resplendent and proud, defending it's little corner of the wall beneath the hedge by the path.