Boun Anno! Happy New Year!
We are finally in our house - it has been an adventure since day one!
The weather is freezing cold, we arrived to inches of snow on the ground and tubi gelati - frozen pipes! The three of us now know this phrase well.
We have gotten our brand new car, the Bartner Partner, stuck in the ice, snow & then mud! Our GPS told us to follow the provincial road and down a hill, so we did- only to get totally stuck on a mud road fit for tractors and cows in the middle of nowhere! It was a full moon that night, we were dressed up to go to dinner in Pesaro at the Morretti brothers house (Mario & Luigi, that is not a joke!) and yes, the oven family! Jason had to use the snow chains to get us out of the mud and ruined his favorite shoes. We really thought we may be sleeping in the car that night.
Then once the tubi gelati were unfrozen and we were in the house we thought, OK now things are looking up, but we spoke too soon - we ran out of gas (the tank was going to be full we were assured)! No heat, no hot water, no stove/oven- all gas! All we had were our fireplaces but no dry wood! We have become wood bandits, stealing wood from the side of the road whenever the coast is clear, seriously we do it almost everyday! And it was the day after Christmas which of course is a holiday here in Italy, so everything was closed. Che brutta fortuna!
Every morning we find hunters on our property - either hunting cinghiale (wild boar), deer, and even little birds! Jason wants to impose a hunters tax - where we get a cut of whatever meat you catch - but he is afraid they would just chop off a leg & leave it.
But all is well now, we are busy cleaning the rooms, cooking in the outdoor oven and Jason is cooking three course meals every night! We drink lots of vino (thanks to a case we found in the cantina left by the owner), eat fresh pasta daily and laugh a lot - it may just be the wine, but you have to have a sense of humor about it all! One day this will make for the first chapter of our best selling novel, but for now we are happy to have hot showers, even if only at night because in the morning - you guessed it- tubi gelati!