And what will October 2022 bring, I wonder? Venice!

David’s press trips to Valdobbiadene (for superior Prosecco) and five days later, to the Euganean Hills (for more obscure wines, salumi and olive oil production and spas) provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to spend a long weekend in Venice. A holiday! Yes a real holiday ! I flew from Gatwick at midday on Thursday … Continue reading And what will October 2022 bring, I wonder? Venice!

Piemonte in September 2022: 2 – Saluzzo again, and Dogliani via Diano and Serravalle on the Langhe’s eastern edge

Saturday 10 September  Today we drove west, returning to the foothills of the French Alps to expand David’s material gathered in May. At Costiglione Saluzzo we met Serena Giardanino and her father in their small domestic sized winery around which they grow Qualiano as well as Barbera, Nebbiolo, Chardonnay and Favorita, used in six different … Continue reading Piemonte in September 2022: 2 – Saluzzo again, and Dogliani via Diano and Serravalle on the Langhe’s eastern edge

Piemonte in September 2022: 1 – the Langhe

Friday 2 September 2022 After a busy week of birthday celebrations, it was a relief to be catching a mid-afternoon BA flight from Gatwick, accessed easily by trains (running almost to time!). Wonderful when it works!  But a late departure meant a later arrival at Turin, and though Hertz’s rep was both friendly and helpful we … Continue reading Piemonte in September 2022: 1 – the Langhe

And what will August 2022 bring I wonder? – drought and a significant birthday!

After a very hot and dry July with not one but two record-breaking heatwaves, the garden had gone from flourishing colours to rock-hard ground and shrivelled plants with yellowing foliage. Souther Water inevitably imposed a hosepipe ban, though ours were put to use siphoning water from the bath onto suffering flowerbeds and roses. Look carefully … Continue reading And what will August 2022 bring I wonder? – drought and a significant birthday!

And what will late July 2022 bring I wonder? – heatwaves and a difficult journey north….

The first set of train tickets I purchased from Andover to Bridlington were for 19 July; I planned to visit my sister and Hugh was revisiting the RSPB site at Bempton Cliffs in the hope of spotting an albatross…. Strange, but true. The day when the ‘A1 corridor’ experienced 40 degrees celsius was not the … Continue reading And what will late July 2022 bring I wonder? – heatwaves and a difficult journey north….

And what will early July 2022 bring, I wonder? Raphael at the National Gallery

Raphael’s work is astonishing! Born in 1483 in the Marche (possibly Urbino) to a court painter at the Dukes of Urbino, he lost his mother when he was 8 and his father at 11, but supported by an uncle, he took over the family workshop and by 15 he was acknowledged in Perugia as a … Continue reading And what will early July 2022 bring, I wonder? Raphael at the National Gallery

And what will June 2022 bring, I wonder? A staggeringly beautiful garden!

We arrived home from Cyprus at the start of the extended platinum jubilee bank holiday, to a garden that blew us away! As you will see…. First the foxgloves! Wow! The very sunny May, and some conscientious watering by Hugh while we were in Italy has resulted in bright colours, strong plants and fantastic colour… … Continue reading And what will June 2022 bring, I wonder? A staggeringly beautiful garden!

Piemonte 2022: Gattinara, Ghemme and even Domodossola: 9 -15 May

Sunday 8 May :  taking leave of Canavese Dressed for church, Antonino drove us in the vineyard 4 x 4 around all 45 hectares of Tenuta Roletto. His wife, equally gregarious, joined us briefly at breakfast. We eventually left at 10.00 and I tackled the quiet drive to Gattinara. We stopped for coffee and fuel … Continue reading Piemonte 2022: Gattinara, Ghemme and even Domodossola: 9 -15 May