It’s been a while since I last wrote anything. So long, in fact, that we’re now in an entirely different season. Everything was autumnal back then. The vines were changing colour, the hillsides were covered in yellows and reds, the white truffle fair was in full swing and it was still warm enough to eat outdoors. Not anymore. Winter has arrived, and it’s already looking like being a cold one. The mountains have turned white, which bodes well for the approaching ski season, and we’re due to get our first snow this weekend. I can’t wait!
For our part, we’ve been pretty busy. Not with any of the things we’re supposed to have been doing, like renovating a house, that’s still going nowhere (if our Geometra ever answers the phone he’s going to get shouted at. Which, I guess, is why he never answers the phone), but with much more exciting things like chopping down trees (yep, I’m allowed to use a chainsaw now), stacking wood, welcoming guests and getting ready for the imminent arrival of a mini Living in the Langhe.
My parents came for a quick visit last weekend. They don’t eat meat and don’t particularly drink wine (I guess sometimes the apple can fall a really long way from the tree…) so they’re not exactly a perfect fit for the Langhe, but we had a great time. We showed them around the Alta Langa (a slightly higher, more rural area not far from here), took loads of photos, visited the truffle fair in Alba, where we tried some rather interesting cheeses, and had some wonderful meals.
And we just said goodbye to our most recent visitor; a meat-loving, red wine-quaffing friend. Now that’s the sort of visitor we expect around here. He bought a lot of wine.
This weekend, we’ve been invited to my first ever thanksgiving dinner (we’re really getting into Italian culture…) and then we’re off to Chamonix for a very important three-day meeting with our architects. The fact that my snowboard is waxed, sharpened and sitting next to the door is completely coincidental.
So, while our frustration at the lack of action on the house renovation front continues to grow, we’re still managing to get by. It’s hard to stay grumpy for too long when you’re waking up to views like the one below every day. Now, bring on the snow!