Le Ginestre is the brain child of our friend Francesca. She rescued an abandoned farmhouse about ten kilometres outside of Assisi and with a lot of foresight and ability to communicate with tradesmen, has transformed it into a wonderful B&B and fledgling olive oil farm.
Le Ginestre refers to a wildflower that grows abundantly in the area. It has a flower that is yellow like the colour of wattle, and grows on long reed-like stalks. I have done a little digging around and it appears there is a plant that can be referred to as the broom plant, and this seems to be one of the species., This version has no leaves, and it is easy to imagine the stalks being tied together to make a straw broom.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, Francesca lives here with six year old Ruby, and four and a half year old Freddy.
Ruby goes to school six days a week, from around 8am until 1pm. A little school bus collects her every morning from the house. She showed me her school work, and I could benefit from going with her. Lots of Italian grammar and construction of plurals and feminine and masculine words.
Freddy’s bus comes about half an hour later. Even though he is only in pre-school, he has a longer day than Ruby, from around 9am – 3pm. The difference is that he only goes to school Monday to Friday. He spends the day wearing a cute blue smock over his regular clothes. A golden tan hooded scarf completes the look. Together with his full head of hair, he looks like a bohemian artist. Too cute.