Key to opening up is airing the mattresses and bedding - we drag the beds out into the sunshine to drive off the winter damp and hang out all the duvets on the line. We also leave all the doors to let the wind breeze through the building.
Mary supervising the pillows as they top up their tan
We have someone who does the "macro-gardening" for us: the trees have been pruned and the grounds rotovated. That left us to do "micro-gardening": weeding the flower beds and bundling up the tree trimmings for kindling.
Another consequence of the Puglian winters is soggy salt. All the salt cellars and grinders are full of damp salt which won't grind or pour and needed drying out in the sunshine.
Other standard "to do" items are meet with our local agent to top up the kitty, drop in on Carol and Mino at Truddhi and go out for a meal with neighbours Chris & John.
In amongst all this we managed to squeeze in few hours sunbathing and relaxing and eating and drinking. A weekend is not enough and it is a long time till our September trip so Mary has booked flights for long weekends in May and July; can't wait to go back.
|Trullo Azzurro: beautifully restored trullo in delightful, secluded valley near Locorotondo, Puglia, Italy. Available to rent on a per week basis, sleeps 4-6. For more information visit http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/trulloazzurro|