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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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Short, but not necessarily sweet

Ours is a busy world and sometimes it’s good to pick up something we can read in a spare fifteen minutes or so; on the train, in a waiting room, when we need a break or, if we wish to … Continue reading

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Return to Sicilia

  I don’t know much about philosophy but I like to have a little ponder now and then. Maurice and I met in Syracuse in Sicily forty one years ago and we returned yesterday for our first visit since then. … Continue reading

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Taking stock

  Mist is wrapping its shawl round the Apennines while we’re busy taking stock for winter. We’re harvesting from summer, bottling produce and thinking about our return to UK. Whilst I go about these tasks, I iron out ideas for … Continue reading

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Attention to detail

  I haven’t had a lot of time to write recently because of family commitments. However, I have snatched moments to think. I’m lucky to live in two different countries throughout the year and I’m in Italy at present for … Continue reading

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Roots and Traditions

  Today, the 15th August, Ferragosto (the Assumption), is a huge feast day in Italy. Traditionally, there is an exodus to the sea or the countryside. Many people return to their home villages to celebrate with families. Typically, a delicious … Continue reading

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