Now, to most the title of this post is a pizza. And it is. And a very nice one too.
However – its literal translation is ‘four seasons’. Now, there are lots of ways of telling or feeling the seasons, but having now spent our third successive year in Italy, I have developed an unusual way of telling the time of year.
As I write this for example, our house is literally covered in green shield bugs!! They are everywhere – all desperately trying to find some cosy corner to hibernate under – or generally hanging out on all our washing that we dry on the roof.
When we arrive in April/May – we are blessed with the fireflies. June brings in the symphony of cicadas. July/August is busy bee time with the occasional hornet looking for a winter abode. In September the butterflies are everywhere in sight – and now, alas – the green shield numpties!
But I digress – and need to go back to the bee time – for it was then that we started defining, laying out, then building – the second yurt area.
We had some great help at this time from Natasha and Villiami – a Finnish couple – he was the size of a giant, and she has spent half her life in Scotland, so was up for anything!
These were the steps we built, leading down to the yurt – Villiami mentioned, when we met them in the pub before coming over – that all he wanted to do was ‘move rocks’ – well – careful what you wish for…..we had to line each side with very large rocks – no easy task!
We then also ‘began’ the process of building the second bathroom – this time from wood (we are inadvertently mirroring the three little pigs – straw, wood….next bricks?)
Even before we had put the frame up, we knew that we had an awful lot of work to do to the bits of wood that would (see what I did there) clad the building. Fennel found an ingenious way (on youtube) to stain bits of wood – that involved lots of cheap vinegar and some fine steel wool.
The result of this cocktail stinks to high heaven, but it works!! You will see the results on the next post.
We effectively started a factory for the wood panels – they needed to be sanded, badgered (knocked about with a steel rod and an angle grinder) then stained.
These planks of wood got a lot of love – thank you ‘The Fins’ – we hope you enjoyed your time here!