As we steam our way through August, it's 40ºC outside today, and Jeannie and I are hiding in the little cottage at the bottom of the valley, where on some nights we need to haul a blanket onto the bed because the temperature has dropped to 16ºC!
We are starting to look forward to September and the autumn months when we plan new cooking activities. Do have a look at the cookery courses page of our website and see if there is anything that appeals. We still have places on our 5 night foraging, olive oil and jamón Ibérico de bellota days.
We are lucky enough to have two of our sons living at home with us now. Jago, who is working in the PR department of 5 J's, Cinco Jotas, producers of probably the finest jamón ibérico de bellota in the country, and Charlie who has come to run the kitchens at Finca Buenvino after 6 years of working for The Laughing Stock on the South Bank in London. He will actually be taking over administrative duties from me, Sam, as well as cooking. Jeannie will continue to be in the kitchens, but we both feel it is time to step back a little after over 35 years, and the boys will need to space to be creative and develop the business their own way.
I shall continue to write the occasional blog .....hopefully more assiduously and less occasionally than before! I shall also be keeping an eye on the bookings.