Very exciting arrivals this week, a pair of one week old ducklings! They seem to very happy in their new home- a cardboard box in the kitchen- and much calmer than I was expecting. Yesterday they spent a little time outside on the terrace with me admiring the view. They seem pretty stoked about their new surroundings.

The garden is suddenly going great guns, having had a rather wet week it’s starting to perk up. The broad (fava in Italy) beans are ready to be harvested, the onions are steaming along and the potatoes are poking their heads up. Sadly the other thing that is growing splendidly is the grass which surrounds the vines. If it had its way it would be waist high, but the humidity it produces is a danger for the grapes so I am busily hacking it down on what feels like a daily basis! The vines seem to be pretty demanding at the moment as I’m also spraying them with a copper solution to prevent disease. Which is labour intensive but paramount to healthy vines, I am assured!