It was not all sightseeing and cycling on my recent trip to Canelli in Italy. Occasionally there was some work to do.
One task that I set myself, was to survey the undeveloped area of land that extends from the house up the valley alongside the Valle Oscura creek. Until recently this strip of land was pure jungle - difficult to walk through and impossible to see the extent. But as Stuart had slashed his way into it and formed a basic track, I got to work and attempted to measure it to set out the boundarys. My main primitive instrument was a long string line which I had previously marked out in 10 meter sections. By stretching this along the embankment, I was able to establish the key points that I wanted to mark.
My reward for doing this job, was a cool beer in the shade of the Fienile.