Friday, August 16, 2013

the first part of the post below... still having issues posting

Day 5 & 6

Day 5 was quiet, a trip to the bank to exchange currency, the purchase of some yarn and number 8 colored perle cotton at the bottega across from the bank (which was super expensive) and dinner at cugini Emilio and Marta's summer home. I love the food when we are invited out, but prefer eating at home as it is easier to exercise portion control.

Today, day 6, was a holiday. It is Ferragosto which is traditional say when all businesses close for two weeks for vacation. Mr. R's family hosts a picnic not too far from the house. Of course an Italian picnic is not sandwiches and cole slaw, but pasta with wild asparagus (young and sweet) or tomatoes, tomato salad with cucumber and celery leaves, bread, and grilled lamb (which is also young here). Top that off with watermelon, plums, figs, and peaches from attendees' trees, crostate from one of the best bakers in town, and espresso served in tiny plastic cups. It is amazing what these people can do with a building that houses a fire place and sink, without running water.