On Sunday morning it was my turn to open the barn door for Hilda and make coffee for us. The sky was a deep blue and the air fresh and clean. It seemed the beginning of a fantastic day. Then all of a sudden I realized that something was not right, our Jeep was missing!!
The first thing I thought was that someone had stolen her. But, then I remembered that the keys were on the kitchen table . Why would somebody go through the hassle of hot wiring a car when right next to where the jeep had been was our little green Fiat, unlocked and with the key’s in the ignition. ( I know that this must sound strange to you….but we are in the country side…and here no one locks their cars ).
I couldn’t work it out, but the car was gone. Immediately I called Nick and together we stood outside wondering what could have happened.
There was no other option. The jeep had been stolen . We’d have to phone the Carabinieri and inform them… Then just as we turned to go back in the house and finish our coffee ,we had a small breakthrough in the case . Nick noticed that there were very faint tire marks in the grass … … .. going down the hill across our field and disappearing amongst the bushes and trees about a 100 meters away !!! Off we went following the trail . Suddenly there she was, stuck half way up a bank and wedged against a tree, leaning dangerously on her side looking ready to roll over at any moment.
At that point and much to our embarrassment , our neighbors began to gather ( some still in their pajamas ). Everybody stood there trying to work out exactly how Nick had managed to park the car like that !
Mamma mia, it was just 8.30 am on a Sunday morning and we hadn’t even managed to have our coffee ,yet. .. It was time for a confession.” Ok , it’s my fault ,said Nick .I must have forgotten to put the hand brake on yesterday and there was an extremely strong wind last night”.
Everybody agreed that must have been what happened and much to our delight offered to help us get the jeep out.
Fortunately, Gianni and Simona had a small tractor to do the towing, plus our other neighbors Alessandra e Sante had a chainsaw we could use to start cutting her free . We were all ready. Once , Gianni had taken his tractor down the hill and attached a rope we started cutting the branches wedged under the car. Everybody got involved and with a lot of good hummer we started to drag the jeep back up the hill.
With the car returned to its proper parking space ,we thanked all our neighbors and everybody returned home ( if not a little upset that the show was over ) to their morning coffee.
We were very happy that although the car had been through a lot there didn’t seem to be any real damage .
I can’t help thinking how relaxed Nick was throughout the whole episode and wonder if he would have been the same if it had been my fault ! You know how men can be about their cars. Anyway , now I can have the fun of reminding him of this little incident whenever necessary!!
That evening we celebrated our good fortune for having such friendly and helpful neighbors with a very tasty pasta and a good glass of wine
Strozzapreti pasta with chestnut cream and black truffle..very very good.
Have a look for the recipe on www.sagraincasa.com