Day Five – Tuscany 2015 – A day by the pool

Another sunny day here in Tuscany with hardly a cloud in the sky, the temperature at 08:30 already very warm!

The reason I know the temperature at 08:30 was warm is because I was the first one up and on my way down to the pool area to mark out our territory pending a German/Dutch invasion. Got to the pool area only to find it was locked until 09:00 and no one was waiting to get in, how strange! Rather than return to the caravan with the towels I thought I’d treat the happy campers to croissants from the bakery. Now I realised why there was no queue at the pool – they were all queueing in the bakery! The Europeans don’t queue orderly they are controlled by a ticket system. Ticket in hand I was number 10 but the number on the board read 65, I hoped it would return to 0 after 99! Thankfully it did.

Now back to the pool with the towels, pool now open, 50%+ of the sun loungers already taken! How the hell can that happen in just 15-20 minutes? Lucky though I did find three loungers together and with a parasol. The location I hope will keep Michele happy with sun until about 18:00 tonight, Josh is close enough to the pool and I have shade to read in.

Back to the caravan and oh what a surprise, they were both still asleep. How can you sleep for so long? Sod them I thought I’ll have my croissants with a coffee and read for a while on the decking. I can hear the wood pigeon, I wonder if Michele can too. She was talking yesterday of buying a gun, and that is from an anti-gun girl. Watch out pigeon!!

We spent the day by the pool and Michele set a new personal best of not moving position on her sun lounger for 5hrs. The life guard did come and check her pulse twice in that time as he was worried!! The hottest day so far at 28 degrees. The pool also seemed to be busier today, not too sure how the Brays will cope as they usually have the Caribbean sea to swim in!!

Another bit of excitement to by the pool this afternoon as the red cross who are stationed on site where called into action with their gurney (wheeled stretcher) as some young man about mid twenties has to be wheeled away strapped to it looking very embarrassed as the life guards were blowing their whistles to clear everyone out of the way.

BBQ time again tonight. I think I’ll finish off the draft red wine I bought yesterday. Not the best but at €2.50/litre it’s OK. I was looking to see if it was chianti (Tuscany’s famed red) but I don’t think it is. Maybe when Warren, Dawn and Adam get here we’ll go find a local one for Warren and I to drink. The way the wine works is that you pick up an empty bottle for €0.40 and then dispense your own wine from one of four huge barrels. Two red and two white, no rose though. When you have finished the barrel gives you a receipt for the amount of wine you’ve got which you take to the supermarket tills. The cashier sticks a label on the bottle so next time you use the bottle you don’t get charged for it. Now I know a few ladies that would love the wine dispenser and one in particular that would love the idea of getting Laurent Periere Rose champagne dispensed the same way, but only if they could get the fizz to stay in the bottles. What do you reckon Mrs M?

Since being in the sea on day two I’ve had sand and water in my left ear that I can’t shift. If it’s not gone in a couple of days I’ll see the nurse on site but up until then Michele can sit on my left. I did decide though this afternoon to visit the doctor on site who kindly emptied my wallet of €35 just to look into my ears and confirm that I’ve got sand, water and wax in my east canal that won’t let the water out! Thanks for the diagnosis which I could have told her anyway. But I was given a prescription for some fluid/drops to be administered 3 drops, 4 times per day for 5 days. The pharmacy then emptied my wallet of €15. I beer the excess on my travel insurance will be £50, so no point claiming that back! Thank goodness we have the good old NHS at home.

Can you honestly beat this life?

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