Busy times for us with single guests enjoying the company (when there is room!) of the interesting groups: French association, USA university seminars, Swiss Steiner school, Italian Suzuki string seminar for children and an international theatrical group rehearsing in our theater. The kitchen is very busy with full pension, great meals with this year's first produce: zucchini, onions, salad, and cherries. And now with the return of hens we have had over 1000 eggs since April.
After the difficult 2014 for Tuscany farms with practically no olive oil and other fruits also in difficulty, this year seems to want to make amends. So far there is a bumper crop of cherries (80kg of jam) and spectacular blossoms that show great promise for plums, pears, olives and other fruits. The 20+ antique fruit trees that Giordano planted last year seem to have taken hold and are also thriving.
June and July will keep us busy. Without reservations in August we plan to close for the first week to catch our breath and have a great offer for the period August 9-20. Euro 29 for full pension---for some that's cheaper than staying at home! Strange that August is always a slow time for us. Certainly the heat and humidity in Florence, Siena, Pisa and so on are not appealing but here at 1500 feet altitude there is always a cool escape in the evening.
In the meantime the work on Casa Cares' future continues. Our church district has reacted positively to a big project proposed by an ad hoc study group but, just because of its ambitiousness, it was rejected by the national board of the Waldensian Church. So now as the dust settles we shall see what alternatives appear. On the one hand it is easy to understand the apprehension of the national board when one hears of investing millions of Euro, but so many persons are convinced that Casa Cares must continue its work considering the service provided over the years and the potential for improvement of the physical structure.
Time will tell what evolves, anxieties mixed with excitement and opportunities. We ask our friends, “Any thoughts?” The Casa Cares board is working on a strategy as things develop.