Monday, 13 August 2012

A Tuscan villa

We found the fattoria after a few false turns... helped by two friendly Tuscans driving a tractor. And arrived for early supper, naturally enjoyed outside, sitting beneath a straw roof which provides the essential shade. We had easily found David at Pisa airport and, seated on the small terrace provided by the airport, enjoyed the necessary coffee and David and Walter talked about boats, marinas and told nautical adventure stories. After a couple of hours, Machteld and Shula appeared and David went off to pick up our reserved car from Avis. Then we drove to delightful unpretentious restaurant near Arnovecchio, where we were received by the owner -- a small, round beautiful lady with a face full of warmth and welcome. Delicious food, needless to say. I finished with a lemon sorbet, perfect for a sunny afternoon. After the coffee came the parting; I do not like such moments -- who knows when we will meet again? But I try increasingly to live deep in the present, carrying the memories lightly ...

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