I should have just posted from my journal….although that might have been a bit TMI!
We really ate well…..the food markets are the highlight of the week in town! Besides the food, lots of people just congregate in the piazzas…..kids and adults on scooters (seems to be the latest craze there), the men while the women shop etc. The cafes also get crowded with the shoppers stopping for a coffee, or if it’s close enough to noon an aperitif or a glass of wine. It’s a fun, festive atmosphere. Parking can be a bit of a challenge though and often rather than trying to get as close as possible we’d just grab the first spot we came hoping that we didn’t have a big hike, or worse still a big uphill hike to get to the market. Not that the walk didn’t do us good…..an excuse to be able to eat and drink all that we did!
Our house was really well equipped, which is a good thing if you are planning to do a lot of cooking. We didn’t think we’d eat in quite as much as we did but due to the lack of restaurants in our immediate area. It was fun though…..we all enjoyed the prepping with our glasses on wine close at hand. Not sure that it was porcini mushroom season but someone at the market had beautiful ones…..we bought a few and made a great risotto one night.
We’d bought a lot of fruit one day thinking we have it for breakfast every day…..the melons were so delicious and peaches, firm and so flavourful….they even smelled like perfume! One night Rae, who is the baker of the bunch, used up all our fruit that was slowly starting to ferment and made a great crumble dessert……this was after we’d finally figured out that there was a plug for the gas stove….it was rolled up and tucked under it! We’d been using matches to light the burners and couldn’t figure out how to get the oven to work! Just by chance…..dropping something under the stove….did we discover the cord and plug! Good thing we did because besides the dessert we did a leg of lamb, eggplant parm, bruschetta etc.
Having dinner at home was one of the best times of the day…..just sitting around, chatting, laughing, going over all our adventures for the day and also catching up on phone calls or facetiming home. One night a friend called, after a few glasses of wine I think….the only problem was it was evening for her and 4AM for us!!
Enough food I think….next I’ll post about places we went. Le Marche is really a very beautiful and diverse part of Italy. I would definitely go back again. Other than it not being touristy in some areas and having the amenities that go along with that…..not a bad thing for us….it made for a great relaxing, laid back part of our vacation. In hindsight, we should have done our planning so that this part came after our bike trip and the hustle and bustle of Paris. Something to think about for the next one!
Today though back to reality……looking at the pictures kind of takes you back…those “ah sigh” moments. The grass needs cutting…..what was I thinking when I put that moss control and turf builder stuff on it???? It’s still a bit sad looking with black patches (dying moss) and bright green new grass popping up in clumps here and there.
I’m surprising myself in that I really don’t mind cutting the grass…..kind of one of those therapeutic type of jobs. I should have fired my grass guy a long time ago….it would have caused much less aggravation when he didn’t show up when he was supposed too! Next on my agenda will be weed control…..we’ll see how that works!
I also managed to finish the walkway at the side of the house that I started last year….it’s terribly crooked but oh well….it’s in now with grass seed around it that I’m hoping will sprout soon. The soil is so dry and dusty I’m not sure it’ll take root. I’ve had to water it a couple times a day because it’s been so hot and sunny. We’ll see. These were never my jobs before and I can’t say I’m doing any of it the right way but it’s getting done and I guess that is what counts. Being retired certainly has helped in doing all this…..pretty sure this just would never have happened if I’d still been working.