An extra visit to Puglia to air Trullo Azzurro and talk to the gardener about taking on the local management.
Our previous visit at Easter was the usual start-of-season, open up visit. We had aired all the bedding, dragged the mattresses into the courtyard and opened all the doors to let some fresh air waft through.
Since then Puglia had some terrible wet weather and we felt more airing might be required. In addition we want to discuss an above ground pool and possible transfer of management to a different agent who is currently looking after the garden.
It was a flying visit. The cheapest way to maximise the time there was to split the outbound flight at Rome on Friday and use up Mary's Hilton HHonors points on an overnight stay and catch the early morning flight on Saturday.
Of course we had to meet up with the usual suspects and go out for a meal. If you are going out for a pizza it might as well be in Italy :-)
Popping down to the local supermarket I stumbled up the XIII Vespa national convention hosted by the Vespa Club Valle D'Itria. An amazing sight to see so many Vespa in one place. For non-Italian speakers "Vespa" means "Wasp" after the buzzing noise they make.
It being spring there were lots of wild flowers in bloom in our garden. Call them weeds if you like but I call them wild flowers.
The olive trees have all been pruned and so I am hoping for a bumper crop this year after last year's mini-harvest. Such is the alternating habit of many fruit trees including, so far, our olive trees.
It was a gloriously sunny weekend so we hung out all the duvets and pillows and gave them a good toasting in the courtyard. We had a long chat with Graham about the services he could offer and the work in progress investigations by his tame geometra about pool possibilities.
Then it was back to the UK on the late Sunday flight - mission accomplished.
|Trullo Azzurro: beautifully restored trullo in delightful, secluded valley near Locorotondo, Puglia, Italy. Available to rent on a per week basis, sleeps 8-10. For more information visit http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/trulloazzurro|