As I write this on Saturday morning of 28 August, the Codroipo volley Ball girls team, who hold their summer camp at La Faula in the last week of August, are preparing to leave. And with this, psychologically, if not actually, our season begins to close. Next week kids are back at school and so the guests tend to be more out-of-season types, couples looking for a more peaceful holiday or families with pre-school children.
We, of course, are now starting to look towards the grape harvest and wine making which will commence in about a week. Another year past!
2010 was a year different to any other we have had. The season started rather slowly, we guess because of the prolonged bad weather in spring, the closure of flights over Europe due to the Icelandic volcano eruption and the general effects of economic uncertainty and recession. The summer, however, was a scorcher as far as the agriturismo was concerned. We have never been so full. And, at least from our point of view, it went well. The guests were all a jolly bunch, appreciative, good company and gregarious with each other. The Volunteers this year were fantastic particularly showing a real desire to do good - even great - things in the kitchen.
This year in the vegetable garden zucchini were down and eggplants up for reasons we can't really fathom. But in the kitchen, each year builds on the experiences of those previous, and so we felt better about the meals and saw improvements such as the nightly salad bar. The aim for next year is to use the website to enable us to identify guest's food preferences before hand so that we can deliver what people would like to have while continuing to have a 'home kitchen'.
Of course, this year saw the passing away of Minnie and Spotty our companions at La Faula since the beginning. These two events did mark the passing of an era for us and to be human is to feel the loss of those that held a place in our affections.
The light now is moving towards yellow. The days are sensibly shortened. Slowly the leaves of the trees are loosing their fresh green gloss. Soon it will be autumn.