When we reached her picturesque, two-story stone house, we were greeted by a couple of cats and Lui, a sweet 14-year-old Brittany spaniel. “We have been here more than 10 years, but we aren’t farmers,” Fabrizio said.
I love that simple, salty, savory dish, so I went straight to the post, but got sidetracked by Fabrizio’s good-humored stories about her life in Umbria, where she tends to a dog, a goat, a big garden, olive trees, a small vineyard, as well as walnut, almond and hazelnut trees. Oh, and her blog is in English, so I was actually able to read it.
The native Italian told me later she decided to write the blog in English hoping to reach a wider audience. Now, 4,000 people a week read it,” she said, a little surprised.
A graduate of Durham University, Nick Makin had tasted Premiership rugby with Newcastle Falcons when he arrived at The Mennaye in the early autumn of 2004.
He made his debut in the very worst of circumstances, coming on as a replacement in a game the Pirates tossed away at Sedgeley Park followed by the dismissal of the coach Kevin Moseley. He then found that he had to share the hooking duties with Villi Ma’asi and Peter Ince and so did not play in quite as many matches as might have otherwise been the case.
A thoughtful even intellectual person – yes there ARE some in the front row!
– Nick took a big interest in the Pirates’ Learning Zone activities which help teach local children in a fun environment.
Among the many hats she wears is food-tour guide for Orvieto tourists.
So, on a sunny Wednesday, she met me at the Orvieto train station, and we drove in her dusty car about 20 kilometers to her stone farmhouse outside the small village of Allerona.
It was about a 15-minute drive, maybe a quarter of it on unpaved road through farmland.