It Ain’t Half Hot

First 33C ( 91F ) day today. Most Italians around us have retreat into their houses to sit it out. A few strimmers start up but quickly shut down as the owner realises it is just too warm to do anything.

Our gardeners who promised to be here today are conspicuous by their absence but I don’t blame them as we are still at the humping earth all over the place stage of developing the field.

I suspect the bars are full however with workmen who have retreated from the various outside jobs like stone wall making and fence building to the cool inside and a chilled icy cold beer followed by endless card games.

I managed an hour on a lounger outside and then called it a day.

The guys that empty our bidone however were working and I watched from the lounger as they went to it.


Living near the head of our local comune ( council) the bidone is emptied 5 times a week during the summer so it is a great service.

We are really fortunate in Martina Franca still to have our bidone as most comune have gone “green” and introduced coloured bins for each household. The idea was apparently that different trucks would roll around picking up the bins on different days from the house. No one had thought through that there is a big difference between one truck racing around the main roads emptying huge metal cans that householders have taken their rubbish to by car or wheelbarrow and lots of trucks trying to get up and down long country driveways. In most cases all that happened was the pick ups never happened and households started to look at ways to dispose of their rubbish now no  bidone exist.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what happened next. Those living near another comune that kept bidone hopped over the “border” and stuck theirs in a bidone there causing havoc


Those further a field dumped it where ever they could.

Italians are in the main the ultimate NIMBYs . Their own gardens are immaculate and they don’t do composting etc as it looks unsightly . However take him or her out of the front gate and they will drop litter any and everywhere. Car windows slide down and all manner of stuff comes out to float onto roads, into hedgerows and on to pavements. Whole carrier bags of rubbish come out of the window and everyone does it. I have followed police cars and sandwich packaging, cigarette cartons, newspapers the lot come flying out.

In this heat it is no joke to have all this stuff being dumped especially if you are down wind from an area that locals have found to toss stuff

and so I am just grateful Martina has yet to join the “green” brigade . It can hardly be green to bring in measures that just cause dumping in the countryside can it ?

Talking of police I see that the Second in Command of The Guardia Di Finanza General Vito Badi has been arrested on corruption charges.


The Guardia is  subdivided into preventing, investigating and reporting financial evasions and violations, overseeing the compliance with the provisions of politico-economic interest and surveillance at sea for financial police purposes and maintaining public order and safety and political-military defense of the borders. It has about 68,000 men and women.

He is alleged to have have taken bribes worth several million euros to allow people to avoid audits etc. It was when he was based in Naples for 6 years. Now why doesn’t that surprise me!!

Well it’s too hot to type and an ice cold beer must be on the cards soon so I’ll call it a day.







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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