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Pugliafornia

November means it's time to harvest olives in Puglia, a job we welcomed with open arms after the disastrous 2014 harvest.

November means it’s time to harvest olives in Puglia, a job we welcomed with open arms this year after the disastrous 2014 harvest.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a l-o-n-g dry spell between posts, so I won’t offer any excuses (disabled computer, lack of good Wi-Fi, sudden finger paralysis . . . anything else?). No, it seems my utter failure to organize my thoughts isn’t particularly dramatic, but it is something of a metaphor for our lives lately. Let me elaborate. Read more

Tour de Force

The Itria Valley countryside is dotted with trulli, circular stone dwellings with cone-shaped roofs and stone pinnacles on high.

The Itria Valley countryside is dotted with trulli, circular stone dwellings with cone-shaped roofs and stone pinnacles on high.

I know, I know . . . it’s been a really long time since you’ve heard from me. I don’t have a great excuse, except to say that late summer and fall have brought an embarrassment of riches this year in the form of visitors to our little corner of the Italian peninsula. We’ve hosted old friends and new friends over these past several months, touring from the tip of the heel of Italy’s boot to the sassi (cave) homes of the rocky Basilicata plains to the blue Adriatic seaside. Touring takes time and energy, not to mention the endless details to confirm, transportation to coordinate and follow-up post-travel that seems to consume every spare moment. It’s not for the faint-hearted. Yet somewhere along the way, we’ve fallen in love with Puglia all over again. Read more

Summertime

The town is bright with fireworks on its patron saint day.

Nearby Locorotondo is bright with fireworks on its patron saint’s day.

Summer is in full swing in Martina Franca How can we tell? Every day dawns with a deep blue cloudless sky. The sun is a fierce, white-hot star, heating up the landscape and sending us in search of the nearest body of water. Lunchtime reunites families at home for the day’s main meal, followed by a quiet so still and profound it’s as if the populace has been spellbound into silence. Even the dogs are inside napping, usually stretched out on cool stone floors. And all of this is only a preamble to the real heart of the day. From twilight until the wee hours, our town explodes with life, laughter and music during July and August. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. Read more

Brilliant Autumn

An abandoned trullo below blue autumn skies.

An abandoned trullo beneath blue autumn skies.

We can’t help but feel we’re living on borrowed time. We’re told that today’s brilliant blue skies and bright sun aren’t at all normal. We should be shrouded in misty grey punctuated by rain showers at this time of year, hurrying to bring in the olive harvest while navigating muddy fields and slippery roads. Read more

Pascarosa on Foot

Maria Teresa guides us through the Pascarosa countryside.

It began the way most Italian group activities begin. We met in a strategically located piazza, then followed one another, caravan style, in our cars to the start of the adventure. I’d gotten an invitation to join a Sunday group walk in the countryside near our olive grove, followed by an al fresco lunch in the fields. This was to be our first independent outing. We didn’t know anyone and had no idea what to expect. Read more

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