It had been a sadness to us that so far this year the shutters of one particular house have remained closed. Normally, this house is occupied from June onwards. Has been, indeed, for more than 40 years. And if Carmine had a garden fete, the associated garden would be busy producing the 1st-prize winners Biggest zucchini, Tastiest lettuces, Reddest tomatoes, Most luscious bean plants and Longest cucumbers.
But now our closest neighbours have finally arrived. And it's great to see their smiling faces, hear the clatter of their washing up, the chatter of their tv.
Note the appearance of the deer in the village this evening, perhaps here to say welcome back as well.