For those of you who have been reading ‘News from Italy’ in it’s various past forms of newsletters and older blog posts for a number of years you will already know that if it is January, it is likely that we will be very busy pruning. That is exactly what we have been doing during the fine spell of weather we have been enjoying recently, although these days it is not just olives to prune as it was at our old house.
December or January is also the normal time time for an important event that takes place in many parts of rural Italy, the Annual Pig Slaughter. You may remember that our wonderful neighbours had a large number of our windfall apples in the autumn to feed to their pig. Wine Lesson + Apples
Many of our neighbours in this locality raise at least one pig a year, that keeps them well supplied with pork/maiale including salami/salumi and sausages/salsicce.
Last year we actually participated in this event and I wrote about it for a blog post. Annual Pig Celebration 2010 Post This year we were away on our UK Road Trip when the slaughter took place and missed joining in the celebrations that are part of the occasion. Soon afterwards the sausage making takes place and I also missed watching that this year. Our neighbours therefore invited us round for an official sausage tasting supper recently just because we missed out on the big celebration lunch itself.
These photographs are taken from last years post as I did not take my camera with me the other evening but the album of photos of last year is available to view on Flickr.com if you are interested. The Pig 2010
Life is still lived very much by the seasons using produce that the land and their hard work provides for this kind Italian couple. Without a doubt they are not unusual here, there are very many families all over Italy that still live this type of life controlled by the rhythm of the seasons.
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