The heat continues and the Sagre and Festas (festivals and parties) are getting under way. Music and food and generally fun leisurely times everywhere. Festival food means something different over here, no overpriced chips and limp burgers, not even a mini doughnut in sight. The Italians, like with most areas of cuisine bring out the big guns at festival time. The finest offering in my opinion has to be panigacci; round unleavened bread baked between testo (metal plates) in stacks. Delicious with ricotta and pesto and very typical of the Ligurian coastline we live not far from.

Speaking of the coast we are hoping to take a trip to Levanto as soon as we think we can take a day off the incessant mowing and copper spraying of the garden. Keep an eye out for tips and places to eat in our day trips section on our return. Back in the garden everything continues to go at full force. Sadly that includes the deer, who this week have made off with half of the roses growing next to the pool and the bark of an entire olive tree!