Maureen and her assistant working in the garden
and then at the beginning of June!!
The church sits on a huge rock outcrop
The nearest of the many forest fires in the area in the summer
The vines across the valley
The fantastic 'amarena afogato' in Grottamare - my all time favourite though it doesn't look like it
We are watching the sun go down
Carlo turned up with this lot one afternoon. It was all wonderful.
For once Flora is unconcerned that Polini is getting close to one of her people.
Carlo's pride and joy which are delicious
When we returned in August a pretty 'veal' named Jesumena had appeared next door
This house, in our lane, had been rebuilt as 5 holiday apartments. It is terrific and Giovanni, the owner, said he'd 'built it with his heart'. Bravo.
M and fearsome Jackie out for a walk.
Hard work tending new vines in the noonday sun - but look at the next image..........
Mother being groomed while Mr Needy says 'me me me'
The proud parents. After a few weeks the nest was attacked and all the chicks taken.
A drab window in Ascoli
This is the tasting room upstairs
Pannochie - delicious
Costata di Manzo - not so delicious
Gardens of Ninfa 2012