Monthly Archives: August 2018

Playing in the hazelnuts

The little girl was too small to play with the other children who were romping around the hazelnuts down the bottom, racing and skylarking and calling at the local San Lorenzo festival. She, on the other hand, was cautious. Not … Continue reading

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Best Langhe picnic areas – La Morra

Want a picnic spot with a view? The Langhe hills of Piedmont is where it’s at. I have an ambition to try them all although not in one day….a Piemontese picnic should definitely include a glass or two of Barolo … Continue reading

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Hazelnut harvest

Looks poetic doesn’t it? Not until you’re woken up early with what sounds like an enormous industrial vacuum cleaner. Still, the hazelnuts maintain their mystery, lying in steeped, green darkness, wrapped in shade and silence. The harvest has started and … Continue reading

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Know thy dirt – Barolo terroir

This is where it all starts – down in the dirt. If you’ve ever seen these beautiful Langhe hills you’ll have been struck not just by the bright velvety greenness of the vineyards, but also by the colour of the … Continue reading

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Alta Langa DOCG – out with Dolcetto, in with Pinot Nero

People seem cagey about discussing the new Pinot Nero trend in the Barolo district. Let’s be clear though that the precious Nebbiolo grape for the Barolo DOCG brand won’t be touched. It appears rather that Dolcetto is becoming unpopular and … Continue reading

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Hay time

I have a confession to make. I have a sort of… fetish for hay. In bales, in rolls, it doesn’t matter. I love the dots and the little splashes of Van Gogh gold around the countryside at this time of … Continue reading

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Franco and the festa

Never (ever) underestimate the importance of your local festa in Italy. Tomorrow this little chapel will be the location of ours so I stopped to speak with Franco who’s the organiser. Mass is at 3pm but he’s looking for volunteers. … Continue reading

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Today’s plum pick

Today’s susine straight from mum’s garden. We’re doing everything from stewing to having the firmer ones as a fresh afternoon tea. Mum was told in the past from Italians in the know that you can’t make plum jam out of … Continue reading

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