Continuing-on from my previous blog where I mentioned that after 15 years at La Faula we have arrived at the point where we have no prospective projects in mind to undertake or complete. We just want to live well and enjoy the fruits of our earlier labours ....
The very last project, recently completed, was a measure of how much technological change has occurred in the 15 years since we have been at La Faula. The renovations to the main farmhouse, rendering a purely agricultural structure into one suitable for an Agriturismo, took place in 1999. At that time it seemed perfectly prudent to pipe-up the walls with space to run telephone cables and TV antennas into the rooms, if necessary. In the event, room telephones and TV's seemed out-of-place in an Agriturismo context, and noisy to boot, so the pipes envisaged for telephone and TV cabling gradually filled-up with power cables as we modified the electricity system of the house over time to meet guests and our own needs.
In anticipation of increased guest demand for WiFi service in March we rented a second Hutchinson 3G HSPA Router which, for best reception, had to be located in the very top of the house. Thick walls and the length of the house precluded using the Router's WiFi to access it so the question became how to cable-up the Router with other strategic parts of the house. Suddenly, those wall pipes once placed for envisaged telephone lines and TV cables seemed like a stoke of good luck rather than an old futile investment. The problem was to go back to the beginning and liberate the pipes of the electricity wiring that, over time, had grown into them. This job, as most in an old stone farmhouse, inevitably involved kanger-hammering walls and copious amounts of stone dust. It wasn't such a big job, but our tolerance to having the house resonate to the staccato thuds of a jack-hammer and to finding a thin film of white dust over everything has waned with age, time and repeated experience and we realised at the end that we just didn't want to go through the procedure ever again.
So that was it. The job is done. We have a kind of LAN within our old stone farm house and with that, our last project, ever, was closed. 'Ever' you might say. How can it be the last project ever? It is the last project because coming to a vineyard in Italy, learning viticulture and wine-making; often, too often, learning the hard way by making mistakes and errors of judgement, creating an Agriturismo where a service lives as the soul of an ancient place, these are all things that amount to withdrawals of the vital energy with which we arrived at La Faula. Now, our psychic bank account empty through investments, we realise that we don't want to, or can't, invest any more. The time has come to enjoy the fruits of what we have done and to savour, every moment, the pleasure of seeing what we have created. One realises that further creation always involves some destruction of the old and that this destruction has become intolerable to us.