We left Lucca last Monday in a slight rain for a day in the Garfagnana with the very knowledgable Heather Jarmin from Sapori e Saperi. Our destination was a farm perched near the top of a hill in this mountainous area north of Lucca. Up and up we went and as we did it was evident that at a higher elevation spring was just beginning. While down in the valley all the trees had already blossomed, up here they were just starting to bud.
The road twisted around and around and I for one was glad not to be the driver! At every turn even we were greeted with stunning views even though the weather was less than perfect. Once we started climbing we only passed one very small town that once was inhabited by bandits!
We were on our way to a farm at the end of the road where every day for a good part of the year (I can’t remember if it’s four or five months) they make pecorino cheese with the milk from their sheep. Last year when I was there they were in the process of building a barn. At the time I didn’t realize that it was being built for their sheep and what a pleasant surprise to see their animals up close and personal.
Aren’t the little ones just adorable?
And then we were there. Check back tomorrow for the rest of the story. As my good friend G. says “it’s like going to the Heidi house”.