Strimmers at Dawn

The headline today was L’occhio dei Cipclope infiamma Italia or the eye of Cyclopes sets fire to Italy. It’s a bit of an over statement to be fair. The warm air is certainly nice and 25C not to be sneezed at after April and May but hey it was 25C in London today as well but maybe it is hotter up north. A northerly wind on Puglia pulls the temperature down quite considerably as it blows down over the mountains of Eastern Europe.

Still after weeks of frustration the Italians can finally get their strimmers out and make plenty of noise. All around us there is the whine of the 2 stroke motors that starts at dawn and finishes about 9 at night.

With my brand new Castor strimmer I have joined them this year but not quite so early and never as late.

My last strimmer didn’t last one season before giving up the ghost. I’d bought an American brand as I had used them for years when living there and thought them reliable.

The trouble was no one could repair it and no one had bits for it when things wore out. It was also quite cheap ( for Italy that is) . False economy echoed everyone in the bar and buy Italian so you can repair it. So I did just that and damn it they were right. This thing eats grass for breakfast. it is amazing and whilst twice the price even on I am blown away by it and when I took it down to the local repair shop in Villa Castelli all the guys there knew it and happily enlarged the holes to allow a thicker cord for cutting which again the entire bar told me would save me money as it last longer . Damn it they are right about that as well.

But when you hear the number of strimmers going full belt at the moment you realise these guys are experts in the world of strimmers.

Talking of noise last night was the final of the Voice of Italy reality song show watched by millions.

It was W.C. Fields who said never work with animals or kids if you want to get on in movies. I guess the same could be said about reality shows in Italy. Last year a kid won it but the great W.C. should have added nuns to the list. What hope does anyone else have when on to the stage walks a nun to start singing.

That was the song she sang last night in the finale. No brainer really a nun and the most popular Italian film for years and years. Don’t you love the judges ! For most of the series they talk more than the singer sings and shutting them up is the main problem .

W.C. Fields also said “I don’t have a drink problem. I drink I fall down . No problem” and as much as i would like to say I sat riveted to the TV watching the Voice. I didn’t I was out when it was on.

But talking of drinking some great news. Grapes are now forming on the vines

grapes on the vine

These are our eating grapes which grow in the garden but the vineyards are full of vines with small grapes forming. I’m told that the cold April and may mean a poor olive harvest but that the grape harvest should be good as long as we don’t get too much rain in September.

Fingers crossed on that one. I intend making wine this year having missed last year . I want to make some decent wine rather than the stuff that you have to drink before March of the following year so good grapes will be essential to the plan. This year I will add a little sulphur to give the wine some longevity in the bottle and play around with yeast rather than just using what is on the grapes that are harvested.

Watch this space as they say. Rather scarily they reckon dear old Cyclopes is going to hang around for the next couple of weeks which often means it will be gone by early next week. If he does that will help these little grapettes grow quite well.

Well back to the strimming. Boy my back aches. This monster weighs 9 kilos so takes some lugging around the garden.

I of course remember the original singing nun from Belgium I think . She had a string of hits in the early  60s. My boys only school thought it great she kept singing knicker knicker !


About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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One Response to Strimmers at Dawn

  1. Butch says:

    I think Cristina is so adorable. Too bad she’s a nun! The judges do talk a lot. I also noticed a ton of English language songs on the Italian version. It’s nice to know that America and Britain have had such a great effect on the modern popular musical scene BUT Italian music has its own charms.

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