Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A spectacular dawn this morning from my balcony.

Dawn's Light comes creeping

Out of the East!
Birds wake from sleeping
And leave their nests!

God hath provided the sun's
Kindly light
God's hand hath guided
Our dreams through the night. (Unknown)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Wedding in Italy



It was rather chilly and fairly windy but everyone was in high spirits naturally. The church which was right on the sea front had terrifyingly steep steps. Not a church for elderly people at all. My niece Manuela looked very sweet and her future husband Simone was charming.
This is Manuela with her sister Elsa. They are very close as sisters should be.

Monday, May 22, 2006

This is Mauro after the wedding. We were on our way to the car to drive to the restaurant for the Wedding Breakfast.

The Bride's Parents.

The restaurant was Mediterranean style on the top of the cliffs with a superb view over the sea. Here they are getting the cake ready.

Manuela and Simone doing the rounds and one of my sister-in-laws ready to dig in.

As you can see it's much later and the party is well on the way.

Sunday, May 21, 2006


The cake was very nice. I gave up three courses to make room for it and had two portions and then strawberries with delicious cream icecream.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Elizabeth's Story

This is Elizabeth. She is a little wild because my husband won't have her in the house, A lot of people are a bit funny about having animals in the house here in Italy. In fact if you look at her ears you can see little tufts growing. She has the loveliest slanting green eyes and her fur is thick white and soft. She is an excellent huntress but doesn't seem to go too much for birds, Thank Goodness!
Elizabeth was found in a water cistern when she was about two months old. There was water in the bottom of it and she'd been in there for days before we actually found her on the next door allotment. We heard the mewings but we didn't know from where they were coming. It's true she wouldn't have died of thirst but she couldn't sleep because she would have drowned,. It's a real mystery how she got in there in the first place. I'm so glad we found her.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

My Life Now.


Hey. It's me. If you've read any of my blog you'll know I've got this old house in the country I'm trying to do up. Still no electricity or running water in the house yet. Nearly finished the roof. Next the steps. I'm learning a lot. Not so scared of heights anymore even though I still get the shivers.It's a great place for a hermit and I'm not above becoming just that, but when one has family. animals and plants in another place one can't just abandon them all. The older one gets the less one needs. At least that's how I feel. I don't have that many clothes I've had some of the things for over twenty years and I'm sure that they'll do me another twenty. I have plenty of books. I'll never read them all. I don't eat all that much but what I do is too much and my waist line is proof of this. I don't need to travel about. The thing That would interest me most about travelling is getting to know people from other countries and I can do that on internet. I love my computer! All I want to do now is look around at what surrounds me especially when I'm in the country. The seasons change so quickly and every day brings new discoveries. I love the beauty of the Italian landscape, my old stone house in the hills. the elegance of the magpies and the colourful flamboyant jays the magic presence of the owls at night..........I suppose I'm just in love with it all really.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A walk along the coast

A walk along the coast late afternoon Easter Monday.
Mountains, villas and palm trees. Typical.
This is where we're going.
This is what we can see.
Houses in shades of pink, orange and yellow. typical Ligurian houses!