The "News" didn't fare any better than the diary in terms of currency. It seems such a simple and positive thing to write a little summary of events at La Faula, in our lives and in Italy in general - even if only for oneself - but for one reason of another it slips away and is never done. A major theme of these, our first years, taking La Faula in hand and creating a working farm and agriturismo, has been the removal of the nets and barbed-wire that surrounded the place when we arrived. If you live on a farm in Italy all around you there is the detritis of historic farm support policies - the barns painted ocre to show that they were state funded, the identikit over-large stalls, now empty, that hosted the same revolving group of cows when the inspectors came and in the case of the Faula the reinforcing-iron netting enclosing La Faula funded for purposes unfathomable now and foregotten even then shortly after. Now it turns out that steel reinforcing sheet netting is about the worst thing that you can use for fencing. The brambles quickly grow through, bindweed wraps around the trellis structure and with time the net is incorporated into the trees that grow along it. With time the net warps and bends, it breaks open-up where the sheets meet necessitating repairs - in this case the winding and binding of cords of barbed wire designed for military uses. It is this that for years we have been removing. The steel prevents the use of brush cutters and chain saws so first, like a sapper in Iraq you must edge forward through the brush and brambles with your bolt cutters. You don't risk being shot at, of course, but the brambles do their best to tear at your skin and clothes and the prickly acacia can give a good poke in the eye if you are not careful.