It is a delightful week, the weather is still warm, sun fills the azure sky, and there is a sense of peace and tranquillity as I spend delicious days doing autumnal tasks in the garden. The logs are stacked away in the shed, ready for the cooler winter days when we light the fires, lawns have received what I guess (and hope) is their final cut for the year, and hedges are being clippered, tidied up for the winter. Of course the trees are beginning to shed their leaves, colours turning magical ambers and golds and reds, most still clinging tightly to the branches, but just enough falling to make sweeping up a necessary chore.
Today I am off to town, I have an invite for a halloween party, and need to find a mask.. What a horror, I find the thought utterly intimidating. What do I wear? It is a party of a newly made friend, and I suspect will be rather smart and full of handsome men, I am more than a little bit anxious about the whole thing.
And next week sees the opening of the TRUFFLE FAIR in our local town of Gubbio. This is the 33rd year of the event, held over four days in the centro storico of this beautiful medieval town. There will be feasts of truffles, wild mushrooms and chestnuts. Umbria is a delight at this time of year, so many towns holding food fayres, sheer indulgence.. and then all to soon we will be picking olives, a task I adore!