The Throat of Hell, unique ways of procrastinating and what to do with an abundance of chestnuts…

Buongiorno a tutti,

How is everyone? It’s been a lovely here the last few days which has been a nice change from what has felt like constant rain lately! It was beginning to feel like I was still in the UK ūüėČ

So things to update here are as follows…

Teaching & Procrastinating

I’ve been doing a bit of teaching again which has been good. Teaching adults is far less traumatic! I’ve also got a new local “language exchange” buddy which I’m pleased about.

I have not been editing my book. I have been procrastinating. Instead of editing, I have learnt how to do the Cups song from the film Pitch Perfect and I decided I should learn¬†a new song on the guitar (which I have not played for years).¬†Soon my art course will start so I’ll have less editing time. I’m very annoyed with¬†myself!

Chestnutting

I’m still trying to do some thing with the mountain of chestnuts I collected. I have made: Chestnut Butter (it’s impossibly¬†rich), Chestnutella (chocolatey chestnut spread which turned¬†out alright only I use the term “spread” very loosely, because it basically doesn’t) and Marron Glac√©¬† (which are candied chestnuts. These are nice¬†but I think just one is equivalent to my¬†recommended calorie intake for the week).

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This is my version of “Maron Glace”. I don’t think they will win any awards for their presentation.

Festa-ing

I have been ‘festa-ing’! I am usually cursed when it comes to festa’s. They’re often cancelled, I’ve just missed them by seconds, or they just don’t exist. I tried to go to one in Sarnano last weekend but that one had been cancelled without any apparent word. I don’t understand why I was the only person wandering around wondering where it was. It appears key festa information is beamed directly into the heads of the locals. The following day I tried to go to another festa and the car broke down, however I did manage to make that one in the end.

At this time of year there are lots of these festas¬†focused on¬†chestnuts, truffles, wine, or polenta. This one was in¬†Morrovalle, a little village towards the coast, and¬†was a general autumnal festa. It was rather small as festa’s go but cute none the less.

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The main piazza in Morrovalle

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This was a group called La Raganella from Belvedere Ostrense… Very good folk style music! http://www.laraganella.com/

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And this was another band in the main square, also very good with some very specific dance steps involving red scarves!

Then this weekend there was a lovely festa in Montemonaco in honour of chestnuts.

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The views from Montemonaco are spectacular.

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And the owner of this quaint little house was lovely! In fact, it seems quaint and small at the front but actually goes back quite far!

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Beautiful little street in Montemonaco

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They had 5 or so of these tin barrels roasting chestnuts… It was a great smell!

The thing that’s so nice about these events is that¬†everyone is so friendly, it’s always a very good atmosphere and the stall owners are always eager to chat. We must have been talking¬†for half an hour to a local about the state of politics and Italy in the war!

Walking into the Throat of Hell!

I had some friends staying this weekend and we went to the Gola dell’Infernaccio, the Throat of Hell. It’s a misleading name, it’s an absolutely stunning walk, particularly at this time of year. It’s a walk I’ve been meaning to do for ages. ¬†Once parked¬†you¬†walk along a river through a canyon and then up to an “Eremo” (Hermitage) to San Leonardo. It was rebuilt almost¬†single-handedly by a guy who lived there for several years. It’s very impressive. He sadly died earlier this year. From the hermitage you can walk to “La Cascata Nascosta” ¬†(the hidden waterfall) which was a bit hazardous towards the end, I won’t lie! Too much rain has made the path into a rocky/muddy landslide. You basically have to swing from tree root to tree root like Tarzan (perhaps not quite like Tarzan because he swang from vines and wasn’t dressed for autumn temperatures). Anyway, here are some photos. I was quite taken with it!!!

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If anyone is interested in several other million autumnal tree pictures, let me know ūüôā

Have a good week all,

x

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6 thoughts on “The Throat of Hell, unique ways of procrastinating and what to do with an abundance of chestnuts…

  1. Peter G

    “It appears key festa information is beamed directly into the heads of the locals” – glad I wasn’t sipping coffee when I read that! The throat of hell looks amazing.

    • Haha! Well I think it is!!!! It’s some sort of mysterious innate knowledge of all things festa related! Absolutely stunning – we’ll have to go there when you guys come out ūüôā xxx

  2. secretsarnano

    Love it Sue!!!! XXX Stacey

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