This week we finally harvested the fava beans. It is such a labour intensive job for just beans- somehow the labour in vines seems more worthwhile when you get wine out of them (eventually!). But delicious as they are I’m happy to do the slaving. Especially when at the end of the day I know I can sit on the terrace with a glass of red and a handful of fresh beans. All in a days work eh?!

Last week we had ducklings arriving and now we have bees! Thousands of them! And I must say I have become a bit of a bee nerd. It’s not easy getting excited about the “brood”, the “waggle dance” or “balling” when you don’t have bees yourself but now I’m a regular apiarist. If you were to see me heading down to the hives in my hat and veil you might believe I knew what I was doing (or that I was heading to church..) but I actually am starting to! My most searched items on google no longer comprise of chinghiale/ deer/ fieana /bloody pests its now all about bees, stigma and scholz candy….and Newcastle United, obviously.