Author Archives: Angela Petch

About Angela Petch

Bit of a story dreamer, written two novels - a third in progress. I love my little family and in no particular order afterwards: Italian culture, food, wine, walking everywhere I can and especially in the Apennines, East Africa, tennis when I can, reading, reading and more reading. So much to discover still before I die.

When I am old…

I’ve been too busy lately. I know why. It’s because my heart is breaking and I’m trying to fill the time with things to take my mind off my sadness. My beautiful mother-in-law is suffering from Alzheimer’s and none of … Continue reading

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Every picture tells a story

    I’m enjoying Victoria Hislop’s “Cartes Postales” at the moment. I’ve never visited Greece, but this is a delicious appetiser for another place on my bucket list. The story opens with Ellie in London. Every week a postcard from … Continue reading

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Memory fades

  I’ve had mortality on my mind this week. Sorry if this is a morbid subject but death is the one certain aspect of our lives and we don’t like to talk about it.   We nearly lost lovely Giuseppina … Continue reading

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To every season…

We are often asked why we spend our winters in England and not in Italy. ‘Haven’t you got it the wrong way around?’ people comment. Where we live in summer, at 600 metres asl in the Tuscan Apennines, the winters … Continue reading

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Fantasy

Tonight, the 5th of January, is when La Befana delivers gifts to children. It is the eve of the Christian feast of the Epiphany. Many believe that the word befana is derived from the “Epifania” and the following is one … Continue reading

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Find some wintry silence …

If you let it, this time of year can be hectic but I’ve taken time out to think about my writing experience over 2017. Secretly, I’m still a little scared of social media BUT I’ve made supportive friends as a … Continue reading

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Kindness of strangers

Thank goodness I’ve not been filmed over the last two weeks since my shoulder operation. It means my right (writing) arm is in a sling and typing, trying to put on socks and knickers with one hand has been a … Continue reading

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The Italian connection

Towards the end of our Italian period, the shadows were longer, the sun lower in the sky and the colours on fire. Everywhere were berries, toadstools, rosehips and the stark red of dogwood stems. I went on a last walk … Continue reading

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Sweet sorrow

Our six month annual stay in Tuscany ends in forty eight hours. This summer has been bittersweet, but I’ll dwell on the sweet. Amazing times: walks in the beautiful Apennines, discovering ruined houses that whisper stories to me. The children … Continue reading

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Interview with Wendy Clarke

What a lovely smile to greet us this morning. I’d like to welcome Wendy Clarke to my blog today. I “met” Wendy on Twitter when I was very new to this form of social media and was delighted to see … Continue reading

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