Happy Mondays

Awoke to a bright day and the sun streaming through the shutters.  The starlings started their murmurings early today and when I went down to the garden to let Daisy dog out I realised how the neighbour’s bay hedge had gone completely berserk and was growing through the fence with …

Sunday in Sarteano

Blog Sunday 1/10 in Sarteano The drive through the Tuscan countryside from Citta della Pieve was wonderful. Past Redbrick hilltop farmhouses with their signature cypress lined driveways and gardens.  Up winding roads through rough ploughed fields and olive groves. The grapes have been picked but cannot tell if the olives …

Guest trip 2: Assisi

Up early and despite ominous looking clouds, set off for Assisi.  Town car parks were not quite so full of coaches carrying pilgrims as we expected and so parked really easily.  A large police and security presence as Rai (Italian BBC) were filming a conference between believers and non-believers but …

Guest trip 1

The storms promised happened in the early hours and so by the morning, despite the low clouds in the valley, it promised to be a sunny day.  We decided to visit Castiglione del Lago and the town was busy with groups of American and British tourists.  It is a shame …

Sagre e Feste

Most Tuscan villages have “sagra” food festivals at some point in the year, and they are a great way to meet the locals and try the traditional food of the region. In this area and most others the celebrations are about a local speciality from snails and wild boar to …

Stuff and Nonsense

Strange weather after the unrelenting scorching sun of the last couple of months. A nice breeze but rumbles of distant thunder.  By this evening lightning in the distance hinted at storms but as yet nothing has arrived.  The garden is a little overgrown but the rabid mosquitos make it impossible …

Back in the groove

This morning I cooked up our tomato harvest and made a pasta sauce. The market on Saturday also provided the usual supply of seasonal goodies. The fruit and vegetable stall was overflowing with tiny courgettes, at least four different kinds of spinach, seven kinds of tomatoes, fresh borlotti beans in …