Wednesday, January 23, 2013

R 'n' R in the Rustico

The Rustico

On our return trip from Rome, having played tour guide for 5 weeks we were in need of more than a little rest and recuperation, so we headed to our friends 'rustico' (as we fondly refer to it) for a few nights by ourselves. This is the house where we’d picked olives and made oil back in November. It’s basic and simple and we love it!

The olive trees we picked in November

We left Rome with the sun shining and a clear blue sky (in contrast to the day before when it had bucketed down all day) and headed to Spello in Umbria to meet with friends for a quick lunch. From Rome to Spello and then on to San Angelo in Pontano (Le Marche), we were really over driving, by the time we arrived.

The pot belly and our rustic lunch!

Arriving just before it got dark, it had already started snowing. We found the key, switched on the power and water and immediately got the potbelly stove going. It was FREEZING in the house, the kitchen was colder than the fridge itself. We awoke the next morning to a complete white out as it had snowed all night!

Being snowed in was just what we needed. We read our books, made rustic meals and ventured outside only to find wood.

On our day of departure we spent 30 minutes digging the car out of 20cm of snow. Our snow covered Fiat Cinquecento was very cute!

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