Those of us who live in cool or temperate climates live such a very different life style, don't we? It was really brought home to me on my recent holiday. Eating outside is something that the farmer and I do about once a year - maybe one Sunday afternoon it might be warm enough and still enough to sit out in the garden with a sandwich.
Summer dresses tend to get washed and ironed and made ready and then only worn on one or two occasions - and usually with a cardi near to hand. Windows get stiff from not being opened, so that when there is a warm day it is a major effort to get any fresh air into the house.
Then we go to Elba on holiday and already, in May, it is hot with pretty much guaranteed sunshine wall to wall. And what a difference it makes.
We sit outside and drink our coffee, we sit on the edge of the sea and eat our lunch with the sea lapping the bottom of our table, we wander along the shoreline doing nothing in particular, look at the fishermen coming in with their boats, look to see what they have caught. Nobody seems to hurry, or worry for that matter - it is all so laid back. I love it but I wonder - if I lived there would I be able to change to that kind of life-style where everything happens at so much a slower pace? I would hope so. It always seems to me that Mediterranean countries have the best of all possible worlds - all the food grows in profusion (having tasted the tomatoes in the photo above I tried to replicate the dish at home but the taste was not the same) and benefits from the sunshine, all the fish is fresh and tasty, and above all you are always warm!
So here I am posting a few holiday snaps to get you in the Medi Mood. Enjoy!