Sunday: Third Sunday of each Month is antiques market in Martina Franca - not to be confused with the regular Wednesday food market. So off we went with Chris and John and Kath and Richard in search of bric-a-brac.
Everyone came away with something; we bought a Distillerie Buton decanter to match one given to us by our friends Bob and Lynn, not valuable but a decorative addition to our decanter collection.
Market at Martina Franca
Monday: meeting at Sotto le Stelle to discuss progress with the builder.
Tuesday: window shopping for tables for Sotto le Stelle
Wednesday: 9.5 mile walk down on the coast around Montalbano.
Thursday: Another team outing this time to the excellent pizzeria Pizz' Birr in Locorotondo. We general only order one pizza between two because the antipasti are so generous. And before the antipasta we order crisps (or chips as Americans would say). How unlike Walkers crisps or even Kettle chips; these are the real thing - thin disks of potato freshly deep fried and absolutely delicious.
Supper at Pizz' Birr, Locorotondo
Friday: Gardening at Trullo Azzurro followed by aperitif at Bar Fod in Cisternino and back to T-A for supper of steak and a serious bottle of Salice Salentino from Cantine Due Palme.
Cocktails at Bar Fod, Cisternino
Saturday: checking out the plaster samples at Sotto le Stelle, gardening and a long, leisurely BBQ lunch round at Chris and John's. Fortunately they are within easy staggering distance of home - hic!
Courtyard at Trullo Azzurro
Every year we have the outside of Trullo Azzurro whitewashed. This year we also arranged to have the interior repainted. It was in 2006 that we completed the refurbishment of the rented half. Although it is mostly OK there were the odd scuffs and scrapes so we decided it was time to give it a freshen up. Now it is all sparkly white outside and in.
Full set of pictures on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markmclellan/sets/72157633817680949/
|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|