As winter slowly approaches, the weather here in Sicily has started to disintegrate. When I first arrived at Vincicucci a month ago, the heat during the day was almost unbearable. Hawt Italian Guy & I would be drenched in sweat, as we battled with the carob trees. Beating off flies, which would attack you like you were a rotting piece of meat.
Now the weather is more akin to an English climate. Often I wake to the sound of rain hitting the window panes, only for the clouds to disperse an hour later & the rest of the day to be glorious sunshine & heat.
Other times, like yesterday, I awoke to the sun piercing through the shutters. After working in the carob fields all morning & afternoon with my fellow WWOOFers, a French woman & a Spanish guy, the sun shining heavily upon us, we came in for lunch & mid way through our pasta, the heavens opened & down came the rain.
After lunch, which is usually served around one o'clock, everyone retires for their afternoon nap. I went for my rest at two o'clock & woke at six o'clock in the evening. (I would like to add that four hours is not a common duration period for a nap.) It was still raining heavily when I went downstairs & everyone had huddled into the living room, including Ugo, the farm's dog.
I do miss the summer months, although, at times they were unbearably hot. But, this new autumnal climate is somewhat comforting. I feel as though I am back in rainy England. I do miss the winter months, tucked up in my pajamas on the couch, covered in a blanket, Pig by my side, film on the box.
Although, this new season is mildly concerning me. I am due to leave Vinciucci for another farm at the end of September. This time a vineyard, where I shall be harvesting grapes. On the one hand, this is exciting for me. A new experience & the ability to learn the wine making process. On the other hand, I am being expected to sleep in a tent for a month. Which would not concern me, were it not for the weather aspect, which I feel is going to rather impair my experience.
Alas, I have Autumn & Winter to get through, before I can come back round to enjoying some Spring warmth. I may just have to suck it up.