We stopped to visit Jacqui and Sergio on the east coast at Alba Adriatica and spent two lovely days there enjoying late afternoons on the beach, swimming in the warm Adriatic Sea. Their friend, Manuela, was staying with them. Our time there wasn’t totally unproductive as one morning we drove out to the wine producers in the hills to restock our cellars.
One of the neighbours was an elderly chap who had a large, beautifully kept vegetable garden, despite being in his late 80s. We needed some basil for our tomato salad and Sergio was sent to get some and came back with a generous bunch. The following day Manuela went for basil and came back with another bunch of basil and a large cucumber. The next time was Tony’s turn to go begging and he came back with basil, cucumber and three huge green figs, perfectly ripe and ready to eat. None of them were offered any of the cannabis that was growing in the middle of his plot!