25 Mar 2015

Our time in Italy (1)



Since we had planned to go to Italy this month to do some work around the house, particularly on the land, we were hoping for some good weather.  Having left snowy conditions in Yorkshire, the thought of warmer weather was an attractive one!

We had an unusually foggy start on our first morning, but once the mist had lifted we could get on with what needed to be done in the way of maintenance and gardening.  One of the first priorities was to do some work on the entrance gate which slides across on a runner and needed a replacement wheel.  Fortunately we know folk who work in most trades locally and the job was soon done. We were pleased to see that the grass had not grown over the Winter so the general tidying up on the land was started as well as the pruning of the vines and fruit trees.

During our first week the weather was generally very good, although one night we had very strong winds and rain and work outside had to stop for a day. Apparently other areas in the region and further north were hit by the dangerous storms and many trees and buildings were badly damaged.  We ourselves had one tree that had blown over during the Winter and had to be dealt with.  Other fruit trees needed pruning of dead wood, but would become useful firewood.  Whilst the weather was unsuitable for working outside there was another essential job that needed doing inside, which Mr. P. could do himself, which was to replace a wooden beam in the roof space.........





A long way from Henley-on-Thames in the UK, but the umbrella is still useful.
A dead tree leaning near the electric cable needed cutting down.

                                        Pine cones from the fir tree we had cut down in October are good for                                                                               boosting up the fire.


and what was I doing whilst Mr. P. was working outside and in the roof space?  Well, the usual, which I've shared before, so sorry if this is a repeat of other times in Italy..... cleaning, cooking some warm food, holding a ladder and tools for Mr. P., taking photographs for my photo journal, sitting by the fire, reading or writing up a journal and sewing, often with a crocheted blanket tucked around me, and also walking in the meadows when the weather was good.





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  1. There must be so much to do when you open up your house after several months away. It's looking good though, and so was the weather... mostly!

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    1. Thankfully there were more good weather days than not and it was worth organising the cutting of the grass last September/October by 'the man with the tractor'!

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  2. It sounds like it's been a busy visit for you, but it's good to get jobs which need doing ticked off the list.

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    1. Getting the jobs done is satisfying and a change of scene at the same time is very enjoyable!

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  3. your home is amazing, inside and out and i would love to sit by that fire with my kindle... you should link this post to TexWisGirl tomorrow, she has Good fence Thursday and you have all these beautiful fences

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    1. You would enjoy lighting the fire, Sandra, although cleaning out the stove is a bit of a chore!

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  4. How nice to have your own place in Italy. I on the other hand would love to have a place in England where we could stay longer.

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    1. I know you love England just as I do too! I suppose I have the opportunity to enjoy times in England and Italy.

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  5. Looks like you had a very productive time away doesn't look like either of you had much time for a rest and relaxation this trip with so many things to catch up on. Still you will enjoy it all the more next visit.

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    1. Actually, we did have time to rest by the fire some evenings, and mainly were invited out for meals with different family members. A couple of times we went to a local restaurant and up to Rome, so it was a lovely time away.

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  6. Beautiful pictures, Linda. What a lovely home and table laden with food. I think I will keep the picture of the daffodils on my computer and look at it all day as we are having a lot of needed snow this day. Happy Spring!

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    1. The sight of daffodils is certainly uplifting. Whatever the weather I hope you have a happy Spring!

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  7. Maintaining two homes is an immense amount of work.... my Mother in Law did it for years. Jx

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    1. It doesn't seem like a lot of work especially as we have plenty of help and support from the family in both countries and a good residential base in the U.K. Linda :)

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  8. Your kitchen in Italy looks huge! Is that fresh mozzarella on the table?

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    1. Yes, mozzarella production is a speciality of the region in the area around Priverno and Fossanova - (places I mentioned in a recent post). We buy it from our nephew's deli where he sells food and wine that's produced locally, much of which is organic.

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  9. Dear Linda,

    I loved seeing your photos of your place in Italy - the beautiful laden table and the cozy warm fire looks so inviting and lovely.
    Hope you are enjoying the week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. I hope your week is going well.
      Linda :)

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  10. It always seems that you have such peace during your time in Italy. The bowl of mozzarella on the table looks very tempting indeed! xx

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  11. We're very blessed, Amy. Thank you for your visit.
    Linda :)

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  12. How lovely your home in Itay looks but I guess there is a lot of work to do each time you visit in maintaing the house and garden. You must look forward to your visits there:)

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    1. There's quite a lot of work to do in maintaining the house and garden, but life is lived at a slow pace and there's also the opportunity to spend time with the in-laws, which is always enjoyable.

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  13. I always thoroughly enjoy your reports from Italy. Just seeing where you are makes me dream of living in such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. I'm glad to know that you enjoy reading about our Italian experiences, Marilyn.

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  14. It's good to see all the maintenance going to plan, the food looks lovely and I just love the fires.....what a good tip re the pine cones.xxx

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    1. We were thankful to get a lot of work done. It makes a difference when we're able to be there for a while and then able to do things slowly.

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  15. Hello Linda,
    What a joy to have such a lovely place to spend time. You home in Italy looks charming and the countryside is beautiful and looks very tranquil. Thank you for opening the door to such new sights and peaceful feelings.

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    1. It's a beautiful area so we always enjoy being in our Italian home. I'm glad the peacefulness comes across.
      Linda :)

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  16. I love these glimpses of your Italian home and the life you live there, Linda. There's always a lot to do around any house and garden, wherever they are situated, as we know only too well. Your photos are lovely.

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    1. I'm sure you would agree that such a lifestyle is challenging, but also enriching, Perpetua.

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  17. I think keeping the home fires burning and baking that lovely bread are wonderful ways to contribute to your husband's good efforts! Thank you for sharing these snippets of home life in Italy with us.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some more of our Italian lifestyle, Leslie.

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