Our first employees came to us 16 years ago, and they have become part of our family. Venerina ( little Friday, named for being born on Good Friday) our first housekeeper, is known for her perpetual friendly smile. Francesco, our security guard and hunter more serious in character, is always ready and willing to give a helping hand.
When a socialite asked if she could remove the bags of marshmallows in all the bathrooms when renting the house for a month, I did not quite understand what she meant. We dislike marshmallows and I have never seen them sold in Italy. In examining the bathrooms found it to be true. Questioning Venerina, she explained that she divided a big bag a guest left and divided them among the bathrooms. Why? She explained how she saw some guests remove make-up with them. No Venerina, I explained, they are not cotton balls, but eatable marshmallows. Happy she was able to laugh at here mistake but commented on how Americans eat the strangest things.
Francesco loves showing off his collection of guns to gun loving guests.
First or second to his guns, is his love of ladies.
Janet Newcomb brought a group from Palm Desert for a cooking class demonstrating the steps involved in making a good wild boar pasta sauce from the successful hunt to the dinner plate.