Will got up early to do half an hour of strimming before it gets too hot, whilst the boys and I potter about the house. We then headed to breakfast in Serramonacesca.
There are a couple of bars in Serra. We love the bar on the corner where you can properly people watch. The bar owner and his wife were so pleased to see us. There is a real sense of community in Serra. I think it is because the village has pretty much remained the same since it was built and time stands still there. The patrons in this bar are usually smiley and having a good laugh about something. It is a very warm and friendly place to visit. The cornetti and pasti available in Serra's bar are much better than the bar in our village (hark at us the experts). There is more variety and they are always freshly made each day. We indulge in a second cappuccino as we know we won't get another one past 11.00am. The owners fuss over the boys and virtually every person, male or female, that enters the cafe also fuss over them too. Son number 2 loves this attention, particularly when a very pretty young girl of around eighteen walks in and smiles and fusses over him.
After our breakfast we have a quick walk around the village then head to the Alimentari (grocers) opposite the bar and buy some provisions. Again, the lady remembers us and is really pleased to see us. She gives the boys some sweets to take away.
|Serramonacesca, village centre|
|Serramonacesca. I love these trees and how 'regimented' they look|
|Serramonacesca. Small piazza as you enter the village from Pescara direction|
|Serramonacesca, as seen from the road towards Pescara (taken from the car!)|
We leave Serramonacesca and drive to Manoppello Scalo. Last Summer we planted a couple of lavender plants in the old stone 'sink' outside our house. They have flourished and we decide we need a couple more to put in the other half as we want them to completely overrun. There are three or four garden centres on this route to Pescara. We choose one that looks open and like it has a lot of choice.
The lavender plants are very healthy and a fair size already at €3.50 each. We buy three. Again, we get chatting to the owner. She makes us an espresso and gives the boys some water. She tells us about her business and that she has three sons. She likes the boys and gives them a plant each with pretty flowers on.
We return to the house to plant our garden purchases. I have been wanting to introduce colour to our Italian garden for a while now. The Italians love more 'formal' green gardens, which I do love, but being a Brit I love colour in the garden.
|My new lavender plants in the Italian garden|
Son number 1 is desperate to visit Rocca's playground, so we take the boys there for an hour. The village is all under preparation for the coming Festa di San Rocco, which begins tomorrow night and ends on Sunday night. It is one of the, if not the, biggest festa in the region. It attracts around 30,000 plus visitors. We have never been before so are looking forward to seeing what it's like.
|The upper level of the village playground, Roccamontepiano|
|Festa lights up in preparation for the Festa di San Rocco, Roccamontepiano|
After dinner, Will takes the boys to the fountain at the top of our road where all the children play to cool down. I am sitting on the balcony writing in my travel journal, with a glass of local montepulciano. On our Summer vacations, first thing in the morning and early evening are my favourite time of the day.