We've been busy bees here at Bella Baita!
The big news however is that after all our years of teaching our cooking classes and feeding our guests from the "not all that long ago", remodeled "disco" room, come "Olympia" room, we have finally moved down to the ground level of our building. Now we have our guest rooms, dining room and spacious outdoor patio all on the same level. Confused? Well, I think I would be too if I had never visited our Italian mountain retreat. So perhaps a little history is in order.
So Fabrizio has been insulating, changing out the doors and windows, painting, and fixing all the many things that have not been working, as well as finding functional equipment and such to use in the space, all on a shoestring budget and his hard labor. We have had some help from various friends and cousins to rewire, plaster walls and on and on, that you can never tell was part of the long process once it's done, but it all takes time and money and there usually is never any extra heaps of either. Oh yes and did I mention the grand over haul of the garden to replace the fence with a rock retaining wall and heavy duty fence to keep those pesky wild boar and fleet footed roe deer out. The deer completely wiped out the garden last autumn. So Mr Fab (ulous) has been on a mission to fix, repair, remodel and redo the lot.
|Our wood fired oven and granite work surface made the move intact|
|Our new/old spacious, downstairs digs|
We're back to where Fabrizio started out and happy to be settling in to our culinary space.
|Fabrizio making us lunch|
We still have much to figure out as far as shelving and curtains and such, but it's starting to feel like home. Putting things on the walls, when your walls are concrete takes some thinking and are not to be added willy nilly, so those may just stay a blank canvas a little while longer.
Our "Market to Table" and "Cooking Together" cookery classes have resumed and flourishing and always a great source of fun for all of us and naturally the test is in the eating of course!
Australia, USA and Italy unite around the table
Our outdoor options have increased and become down right comfortable.
The great outdoors is accessible just outside your bedroom door, more or less on one level, except for the front steps that help to keep all those home cooked meals in check. Naturally there are still several options for hiking up or down to suit most everyones desire to get out of the indoors and into the mountains. As Fabrizio, Silvano and C.A.I. continue to clean trails and map them out via GPS, we're increasing those options as well. So if you haven't been to visit us and if you already have, it's time to come back and have a good look round to see all the changes that have been happening here. We're looking forward to showing you around.
We'll be waiting for you...or maybe, we'll be working in the garden. Ciao For now!