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What an evening!! There was a new moon rising, and slowly as night fell on this extraordinary place, we at last realised were at the place we had last seen on television eighteen months ago! We listened and watched the whole of the rehearsal which ended at approx. 11.15.pm. It was magical, and totally absorbing. We got up at the end, feeling priviledged, and blessed, and walked down to where we were meeting the “groupies�!! Not only had we been transported by the events of the evening , but Giancarlo, our host at La Mandriola, was there to meet us having driven across the fields!! We were amazed, and thankfully, home was a very short drive through cornfields and a dirt track! We fell into bed that night, tired, our heads full of music, and talked for a long time before falling asleep. Saturday 6th. July – Concert Day We woke later than usual, but were full of energy and great anticipation for the concert tonight with the memories of last evening reverberating in our heads. We were down in time for breakfast, which was Tuscany ham, local cheese, coffee, delicious home-baked bread and even cream cake!! Different home-made jams as and hard boiled eggs. Earlier Jane had spotted some chickens running around near one of the barns and she asked Daniela if we could buy some fresh eggs. She gave us six beautiful brown eggs with a large smile and made us understand they were the eggs of her chickens, and were freshly laid. .We knew we had to contain our energy for the evening especially anticipating the long walk to the arena until we were delivered into Lajatico by Pietro at approx. 6.30. So J. took her Kindle under the olive

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