We are in the midst of a week of proper wintery weather. Minerva, the Great Dane is loving the snow. I thought I would post some photographs. Mini really didn't know what to make of Robi's snowman... she hid...
It is hard to imagine, given that it is snowing outside here at Potentino, that in 4 months time, we will be sorrounded in a green paradise of orchids and wildflowers and that we will be foraging for some of the wild plants to eat.
One of the most extraordinary things about our valley, owing to its lack of modern agricultural practices, is that we have an amazing variety of flora here- along with wonderful insect life and birds. The orchids are so prolific that at times you have to tiptoe through the fields. We even have the very rare lizard orchid.
May is a great moment to come and visit - picnics in the olive groves, walks along the valley and trips to some of the local sites will be organised. We will have a wildflower and foraging expert on hand to help you find and identify plants and to give you guidance on what to pick to eat. Charlotte and I will then cook foraged ingredients for your dinner. One of our favourite dishes in May is the first feathery sprouts of wild fennel: lightly cooked with anchovies and a little garlic and olive oil they make a delicious pasta sauce. For the foodies, I am sure there will be even more treats in store.
Other highlights include: A visit to the wonderful gardens at La Foce, the renaissance jewel of Pienza and to the local monastery at Sant' Antimo.
The Details The course will run from 16th-22nd May and costs £1,100. The cost will include your stay and all food and wine at Potentino for 6 nights. It does not include flights or any meals outside of Potentino (during the day trip away).