magic gently kissed the Alpine valleys and pastel colours came
to life in the Valtellina. The Alpini say that it is the Spring
Nymph Primavera scattering her floral basket across the snowfields.
this lovely day in April the snow was gently swirling in the
sky which was littered with puffballs of cloud marching across
the Alpine peaks. Tresivio the old provincial capital appeared
as an ice palace when seen from a point some miles up the valley.
Spring time snow is the most mystical of all the Alpine snows,
say the Alpini knowing that anyone touched by it, lives a long
and enchanted life.
Giorgio and Daniele were tumbling through the Alpine fields
to Aprica. They had decided that day to meet their English cousins
for a last ski run before the Spring weather melted their fairy
tale world away and they had to return back home. Monica, Myra,
Sarah and Natasha were already on the lower slope, which led
down to the little square. They were eagerly awaiting their
mother and father were waiting for the seven children to arrive
in the square. Unexpectedly it began to sleet. "Take cover
everyone," Mum shouted. The sleet didn't last long and
within seconds of stopping the sun shone through its last drops.
The sky momentarily disappeared and was replaced by the most
incredible of rainbows ever seen. Adults and children alike
simply stopped talking and gazed in awe. It was breathtaking.
Then, quite incredibly for all the children to see, an eighth
colour appeared twinkling and sparkling like diamond dust in
whole of the valley lay shimmering in the soft golden sunlight
filtering down through the rainbow; it seemed to be alive with
magic. Unintentionally, as if pulled by some unseen irresistible
force, the seven children began to run towards the rainbow.
Suddenly Daniele shouted "It looks like it's in the woods
over there", pointing towards an army of distant conifers.
Natasha whispered, "The end is on those rocks behind the
suddenly found themselves standing at a rock they knew well.
It was called the Angels Rock by the local people because of
the three angels carved into its crest. A splash of colour shone
behind the rock. They walked into the shadows behind the rock,
to where they were being guided. Antonio whispered "Wouldn't
it be amazing if we really found a pot of gold.