|Panoramic view of Barga (photo by GrifoTour.com)|
It was a very relaxing ten days, even though I was actually working quite hard there too! I was cutting grass, chopping down trees, cleaning up the 'poggi' (terraces), trimming hedges, mowing lawns, and generally doing gardening and agricultural labour type tasks around the house! Not everyone's idea of what 'relaxing' is all about, I know! :)
|The log-sawing area|
|Logs stacked up for the winter|
|A "tocchino" - local white wine with a touch of Campari|
The second one was round the corner at John Moscadini's wineshop (Colordivino), where he has an excellent selection of wines by the glass.
|Some wines at Colodivino (Barga)|
|More wines at Colodivino|
All that hard physical labour was also compensated by nice, simple, as-natural-as-possible lunches and dinners made with many ingredients grown directly in the garden by my parents. especially vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, radicchio, onions, etc.
|Tomatoes just starting to ripen|
|Zucchini and basil|
|Lettuce and radicchio|
|Zucchini flowers, battered and fried|
I have to say that it was great to forget about the painting and scraping and cleaning at the new bodega for those 10 days. I was starting to get a bit stressed out but now I'm back with renewed energy :)
The timing of this interlude was good too, because we managed to finish off main works (which took us 8 weeks!). Now there's just a whole load of smaller tasks to do, but which will take us at least a month to do.
More compensation of the hard physical labour was lighting the oven and cooking dinner in it :)
|Oven firing up|
Alas, all good things come to an end, and already I'm back into the routine of painting and cleaning and doing tasks!!!