end of october we returned to our home away from home, fattoria la vialla in tuscany. we love getting away to somewhere a little warmer for a week in autumn - it really is the ideal time of year to travel when you want to enjoy some peace and quiet before the christmas madness begins. tuscany in autumn is such a dream - the fields, hills and trees are washed-out from the summer sun, making for the softest colour palette wherever you look. it’s just warm enough to soak up the sun in a dress during the day with a glass of rosé, but cuddle up next to the fireplace in a cozy knit as soon as the sun sets.
this was a really special trip, because we came to la vialla with a group of our best girl friends for a week of cooking, eating, olive harvesting and calmness. as always, arriving felt like coming home and we were greeted with such warmheartedness, generosity and love by our la vialla famiily. especially our dear annette, steffi and christina. our friends, most of who hadn’t been here yet, left feeling like family, too, at the end of the week. we want to share some of the pictures we took during our day of olive harvesting. it was really foggy when we started but in the course of the morning the sun came through and it turned out to be the most beautiful day.
as a reward for all our hard work (ha ha), we had lunch in the olive grove. the longest table we had ever seen was set up, beautifully nestled between the olive trees. it was rather spectacular! the lovely cooks of la vialla completely spoilt us with bruschetta, pecorino, antipasti and toasted bread with the fresh olive oil from this years harvest. homemade sausages were cooked on the open fire, as well as a thick, warming chickpea stew, which was best washed down with a glass of ‘vino nuovo’ - the very first bottles of this years’ red wine.
lunch lasted well into the afternoon and we could have happily sat there, drank wine and chatted with the other guests, most of whom have been coming to la vialla as long as we have, for many more hours.