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 10: Gattinara, Ghemme and Domodossola: May 2022
Sunday 1 May : all about travel Unusually, it was a car journey to Gatwick on a quiet early morning to leave the car; the charge for a fortnight is less than two return train fares - and there were no trains early enough! We had an anxious if short delay on floor 4 of … Continue reading Piemonte 9: wine regions around Turin: May 2022
Well - for us it’s VinItaly : Italy’s vast wine fair, based in Verona, returns after a two year absence Despite being in Italy in the autumn for a month, I still felt apprehensive about travelling, but having had covid, it was perhaps less alarming than it might have been. The news was doom-laden; as … Continue reading And what will April 2022 bring I wonder?
This will be brief! COVID….. I am getting weary of medical matters. After a couple of months feeling less than 100% largely owing to aching joints and muscles, my bloods revealed a puzzling combination of issues. The good news: last year’s op has not compromised my absorption of vitamin B12 nor rendered me anaemic; my … Continue reading And what did March 2022 bring, I wonder?
An exciting few days in Lyme Regis for one thing! As a place it’s hard to beat for sea-loving foodies. In May 2021 it provided our first real respite from the demands of covid lockdown and working from home, and did so again this month. Our journey here was surprisingly slow, and as neither of … Continue reading And what will late February bring I wonder?
Well - a very hard frost on one or two mornings - and frequent bright clear sunshine to gladden our hearts. January had the most sunshine on record, and 60% less rain than average… This means the allotment is workable ! The soil isn’t sticky so onion sets and garlic cloves are going in. At … Continue reading And what will early February bring, I wonder?
Week three begins on 16 January 2022 Mid January has moved on from the dull damp days of the New Year and high pressure has delivered a week of bitterly cold nights and some very clear days - once the morning mist has faded as the low sun has got to work. Walks with picnics … Continue reading And what will late January bring, I wonder?
Week two begins on Sunday 9 January The spell-binding sight of a tree in winter? a book that enthrals? a place that grounds? a person that intrigues? a bird that captivates? music that moves? … or a poem that entrances:- Beowulf - and the problem of ‘knowing reality’ I’d like to claim Beowulf for my … Continue reading And what will early January 2022 bring, I wonder?
We’ll not remember 2021 fondly - as I wrote in last week’s Christmas cards! It was a year of frustrations; interrupted work or school, little chance of travel, loss of the familiar patterns which none of us realised at the time were fundamental to our daily rhythms and mental health; and for some, illness, fear, … Continue reading And what will 2022 bring, I wonder?
Sunday 31 October 21 After a slow start, we drove south (by a more conventional route this time) to meet Niccoletta Bocca of San Fereolo in the Dogliani DOCG, high up above the town. We had been greeted energetically yesterday by two large noisy dogs - which, were they not labradors, I would have considered … Continue reading Piemonte 8: Langhe 2: 31 Oct – 5 Nov 2021