Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Woke up this morning to a thin overcast and about ten degrees cooler. While I was out staking up the tomatoes the clouds thickened and there was a bit of rumbling and a crack, and a good little shower. Not enough, but better than nowt, and a huge relief.

It's been a really bad heatwave, highest June temps in Italy for 150 years. And no rain at all since early May. Annamaria told me the local farmers are worried. They will either lose crops or lose the value of them paying for irrigation. But the forecast says we've had the worst of it, and it should rain some today and tomorrow.

Here's some pics of my little orto. Annamaria has the key to the irrigation well, so she comes every morning and afternoon to water it all. It's set up with the plants in a long row down a slight incline so all you have to do is turn on the hose at the top and it makes a little river. She's been coaching me in contadini methods. I was out staking up my tomatoes when it started to rain; felt great!

Behind this pepper plant you can see my row of beans. I was out there collecting them this morning, but none of them made it as far as the house. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I would sit on my grandma's veranda with my book, and eat the beans that were trained up the veranda railing. When she was making lunch one time, she said, "Hilary dear, go out and get me some beans for lunch." I had to tell her I couldn't.

These pumpkins are much larger now, and looking much more pumpkiny.




Osusanna said...

Saying a prayer (to St Fiacre too). Put buckets out to catch it!

DAMC said... I especially like the very end of the video.
Hope your garden keeps growing. It looks good.

Lisa said...

Hilary, please stop breaking your back by planting in rows. Stop worrying about rain, or lack of it. In the name of all that's holy, build a hugelkultur.

Anonymous said...

Was in Rome earlier this month. It was unbearable. I'm never going back to Italy in the Summer again!


Hilary Jane Margaret White said...


I've certainly got all the room needed to do all the experiments and try everything I've wanted to try. We'll see what works best.

Mark said...

How did your trip to the monastery go?

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

The only thing wrong with it, apart from teh novus ordo, was that it was a weekend instead of a month.

Michael Demers said...

God bless the rain.
By the way, what happened to your other blog, What's up with Francis- Church? I get a code 404.

Gerard Brady said...

I was just wondering what happened to your blog whats up with the synod as I am getting a code 404 at the minute?

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

It's off for the remainder of the summer