more about our host, Giancarlo and about the concert itself. It was good feel we were part of everything. Breakfast was delicious, there were hard boiled eggs, some fresh breads, jam, honey, butter, Tuscan ham, pastries and cake!! We didn’t eat all our eggs, and these were quickly snaffled by Dee, to have for their lunch!! Both Dee and Margaret had been BAA staff, and had begun their training together, and had been friends ever since. They were both competent, good looking, (both 70 plus), but I really liked Margaret, when we she eventually appeared for breakfast. Margaret had been bitten by something and was proudly showing off her bites to her chest and thighs!! The tickets for the Rehearsal had been booked by H back in England as they were not available to travel agents for some reason (Italian logic again!) Also they were only available from a stall in Lajatico from a 4pm. H had visions of thousands of people queuing and was very edgy. Dee and Harvey arranged to meet that afternoon, to get our tickets for both the rehearsal and the concert. As we already had a good rapport with Pietro, Harvey suggested that we asked Giancarlo if Pietro could provide the transport for this. And this was just what happened – we learned to ask for the lift and hour before we needed. Good Italian thinking. We passed the morning very happily exploring La Mandriola which was the most wonderful of places right in the middle of Tuscan fields. There was not another house or farm in sight. We learnt to keep away from the olive trees in the midday heat , as there seemed to be a plague of small black flies, which didn’t bite, but which invaded one’s hair, and even ears! Hats were a must!
Published on Aug 26, 2013