Not a complaint you hear often and not one we make seriously. It’s just that the winter is when we have all those jobs which we are meant to do during those endless months and now, our first guests are here and we keep on thinking how much easier it would have been had we had a few more weeks or days, or even hours to get everything ship-shape.

But we made it, well just about. Being on hand at Casal dei Fichi means, of course, that travel is practically impossible when guests are here. So our closed months are when we catch up with friends and family and spend some time in London to get our exhibition and theatre fix.

We have become regulars at a great chalet apartment in the magnificent Italian Dolomities where we love to ski. Then we have to find time for our own “summer holiday,” this year Bob explored Puerto Rico while Ian gained his skipper’s ticket in the neighbouring British Virgin Islands, then we met up and chartered a yacht which we sailed in a flotilla in the BVI. We’re hooked.

So don’t feel too sorry for us! In between we managed to get a few jobs done, the pendulous pergola has been replaced with one that no longer pays homage to the leaning tower of Pisa. Phase 1 of relaying the deck on more solid supports is complete. We have also installed a pair of Tesla electric car chargers so that guests with any make of electric car can charge it up with our compliments.

Driving can now have less impact on the countryside.

Doing our best by the environment has always been one of our ambitions and the car chargers represent one of the initiatives that we have been working on over the last few months. We are rolling out others, involving collaboration with local and international Italian organisations, which we look forward to telling you about as they develop.

Now back to the emulsion – as our guests always tell us, there is nothing like the smell of fresh paint.

 

PS – we have also been making a few changes to our website which created some spurious blog notifications to get published, our apologies for that.

 

 

 

 

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