and the start of a new. But, about the old one winding down now…
It was one of the hottest summers on record. During one scalding day in late July, the temp on il Poggiolo’s stone courtyard at 1:43PM showed 108F!!! Italy suffered day-time temps above 90F for 6+ consecutive weeks. NO RAIN EITHER!!! Thunder yes, water no.
My vacation renters were an interesting & friendly lot and ran the gamut of the principal European countries of the ineffectual Euro-Union: England, France, Germany, plus one family from Michigan. I hope this last group survived their Italian adventure, especially the “grandparents”. SEMI-TRUCKS FOR SUITCASES!!! Their son had programmed a change of residence every 2 days. And they practically did everything off their cellphones. Like the human digestive track, they were in Italy but outside it too.
2 different sets of adored cousins came to Italy in July to see You & me: one couple came to Codiponte and did not want to leave and the other arrived in Venice and I thought the 2 would melt & dissolve into a Venetian canal from the heat. They didn’t, thanks to judicious forays into places with AC.
You & I together or me separately hosted some terrific dinners on our aia but, sadly, NO PIZZA PARTIES!!! As the Italians say… c’e sempre domani.
Our Little Bean Man tended his bean-patch for what he described as a pessima stagione per il faggioli = poca roba. TOO DARN HOT!!! He harvested what he could. Most of the vines are now withered and curled upon the furrows of the bean-patch to fertilize next year’s attempt at a crop. Despite his own comment, Our Little Bean Man said he is mostly after the fun of it all. Good for him. At least. For 2015, the beans are kaput.
So now for the new season, Fall/Winter, my mind is running helter-skelter with the many tasks of closing down il Poggiolo at the end of October… clean the houses, move plants, disinfect them too, shutter windows & doors, put out-door furniture in-doors and tell everyone we know… Ci vediamo nel 2016!!! Gads.