A quick final post for August. Yesterday we had some friends over for lunch. Friends, that is in the sense of the Irish proverb: "Strangers are friends you just haven't met yet". Anyway, as we were arriving at the dessert our next door neighbour Mauro and a couple of his musical friends dropped by to give us a surprise lunchtime concert. The regular readers of this blog may remember me mentioning Mauro and his band Tandarandan (www.tandarandan.it) playing traditional Lunigiana music. These new friends of ours must have thought we hired a few professional musicians to impress them and make it look spontaneous.
The land produces abundant amounts of food, tomatoes, aubergines, figs, peaches to name but a few things. I'm still out of any serious work with my damaged arm. If it doesn't get any better soon, I may have to have it x-rayed again.
We been having to water almost daily on the land though. August has been very hot throughout. They keep forecasting rain, sometimes it's threatening, like this build-up of cloud below or a rumble of thunder from beyond the mountains, but so far it has stayed dry. There was one shower at the beginning of the month and that's it. If it goes on like this we might try a rain dance.