End of June, almost July…in the Chianti valleys and hills the sun gets really hot, the crickets keep on singing, the yellowish light makes the green grapevines shine even more…i can’t think of anything more pleasant and appealing than a well deserved nap amongts our cypresses, on my beloved good old mexican hammock!
Yes it is time for her to come out, i take rope and knife and go.
After a little fight both with the ropes and with Carlo, about knots and inclination, here we are:
Then we added another old piece in my collection…my parachute hammock, made with parachute silk…a lovely cocoon!
And what about a simple white one with helpful wooden sticks?
nobody can resist!
I can guarantee the results are great: perfect nap and relaxation!
Want to give it a try?
In the beginning it was a camping burner.
Actually, at lunch our amazing Master mason used to prepare a stunning and flavored barbecue for us, with sausage or chicken or hare perfectly grilled for us…refreshed by tomato and onions salad, for a happy digestion!
Ee used to enjoy this simple and tasty food all together in the garage sitting at a green camping table the masons kindly brought…
At night though, we had actually no assigned indoor space, so we enjoyed that sense of holiday while cooking a simple pasta in our beautiful aia on an actual camping burner, with some pellets as our own private table (just a bit of a problem to place things on it)
which turned out to be very romantic when the sun set down and we could enjoy the light of the moon and the stars…
Since a few days though technology has reached us as well and we are finally equipped with a real kitchen…who would ever have said! Carlo’s Mom kindly gave us her beloved kitchen due to a relocation, so it has found a new place now, even if initially it looked a bit solitary…
But luckily a nice fridge came over along with some cabinets and armchairs and cushions…so to us it already looks as the queen of kitchens!
More improvements are being planned to make it perfect for a communal use, so that our guests will be able to cook together their meals in it, for example grabbing tomatoes, onions and basil from the vegetable garden to prepare the simplest and most delicious pasta you can imagine, to be enjoyed quietly on the aia (farmyard) with a glass of wine and the sunset just for you..
So here we are…finally we got a site, finally we got a blog, and we can share the steps of our story with those who will be curious!
first thing we should probably tell you si why we are called ACQUAPIETRA.
“Acqua” means water and it is probably the most important element for life. Well our house has been built at the end of 1800 on a natural water source, by the farmers who knew how important such a plus was for a house.
They also projected a water storage area, which is made up of 4 basins, under the house with antique stone vaults that keep water clean and protected, except for some subtle coat of thin dust.
We hope one day we will find time and energies to clean it and paint it white, to use it as a refreshing grotto for our guests…
The second part of the name instead is “pietra”, meaning stone, as there are hundreds, thousands, millions of stones here.
With their hardness and weight they might look hostile and difficult to cohexist with, but look what beautiful message of life they carry in the their hearts: a vegetal fossil…life!
Moreover stones are steady, they stay, they resist, they last, and we like that!
Water goes, Stones they stay…perfect rhythm for life.
Last but not least, Water and Stones they create the perfect growing environment for the most sweet and precious plants of our beloved Tuscany, olive trees and vineyards, producing our world famous Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and excellent wines like Chianti and many more.
We feel as lucky as olive trees and grapes and hope water and stones will make us as fourish like them!