Wood delivery (la legna) – how I miss my driveway!
How I miss my driveway! Very many homes in Italy have a fireplace and rely on wood being delivered during the winter to warm their homes and for their stoves; particularly in the country and the villages. We fall into this category and so when 3,000 kgs of wood arrives at the entrance to the village during the winter the grumbles and groans can be heard for miles around and this is one of the few times that we feel far removed from civilisation. You see our house is about 200 metres (1,100 yards) from the entrance to the village and so in order to get the wood to the house relies on hundreds of trips back and forth with a wheelbarrow. The same applies when you come back from the supermarket; gone are the days when you could walk the 5 metres from the car to the front door.
Today was the today…
Anyway, today was the day. The wood delivery man arrives unannounced and whatever more important task was planned falls by the wayside while the wood is forcibly removed from the entrance to the borgo (village). There are certain times in our life that you wish that the exuberance of youth would come running through the village and grab you by the genitalia and fill you with the same energy that my 11 year old son has after downing a 2 litre coke. Today was not one of them!
Santa’s little helpers
Although I paint a fairly morose picture there is one simple detail that I overlooked and that is something that is pretty unique to Italy, out of nowhere 7 or 8 of ‘Santa’s little helpers’ appeared to help us with our little cross. No amount of pleading will get them to stop. Being British we feel so guilty about taking people away from their other tasks or commitments but for them it’s second nature and just another way for them to express their acceptance of us stranieri (strangers\foreigners) into their lives and this for us is a truly marvelous thing. When the job is done it seems to be as fulfilling for them as it is for us. There is nothing nicer than looking at the wooden wall we have constructed (which we will demolish over the coming weeks as the cold nights set in).