Good News at last!

Well the past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind.

 

We were in Radicondoli for just a few days, but we managed to pack lots in. Although the locals were wrapped up in coats, hats and scarves, announcing the arrival of Autumn, we were of a different opinion and were loathe to take off the summer gear. This led to some peculiar looks and calls of “Che follia?”, “Matti!”,“Gli Irlandesi?!” and the like. Things really came to a head when we said we went to the beach and had been swimming, I thought they were about to call in the men in white coats for us. But, it was 28 degrees, and like lizards, we were determined to get the very last of the sun. The only other people on the beach were Germans - so what does that say for them or us?

 

Beachdays
 

 

The Vendemia also happened when were there and the smell of the grapes filled the narrow streets. It’s really a magical time of the year. 

We drove back through France, where autumn was more evident, and we finally abandoned the swim suits in favour of jumpers - we also discovered there a 'cave' that sells out-of-quota production of some of the best vineyards in Burgundy. It's a bit of a game of chance when you buy the own brand labelled bottles, but we have been very lucky, particularly with the white: we're calling this game French Roulette. It differs from another game we enjoyed on the trip home, Italian Roulette: this game involves a box of normal minty chewing gum, with some Vigorsol chewing gum thrown in. For those that are unacquainted with the joys of Vigorsol, it has a sharp aniseed/fennel flavour that is pleasant for about a nano second. But, you picked it, you have to chew it...!

 

Back in Dublin, I was sorting through the usual mountain of post, usually bills, when I opened yet another with a window only to discover it was an invitation to show at next year’s R.H.A exhibition! HALLELUJA!!! Best news all year! It certainly has put a pep in my step!