4 Jul 2017

Looking forward to another time in Italy.


The greatest joy of all when in Italy is having the opportunity to spend time with my husband's family who live nearby. He's the youngest son and as well as a brother he has two older sisters and two younger sisters. All of them have adult children living in the area with their own families except for the couple who lived in England who moved back to Italy on retirement. My husband's father had a first family, was widowed and then married again, but he died suddenly when my husband and his younger sisters were young.  My mother-in-law was a kind, hard-working woman.  She travelled several times to England for holidays which meant that my own family and friends got to know her too. 


The photo on the left is the only one that my husband has of his father. The original is tiny.  His mother is wearing the traditional regional costume.  The photo on the right was taken when Mamma came over to England for a holiday.
Above and below in the first collages is her home where she lived with her daughter and where my sister-in-law and her family continue to live. Our nephew is building upwards to give them more room and separate apartments for the growing family. 



My husband's youngest sister and husband also have a growing family as their son and daughter both have young children.


Below is my husband's sister and husband who lived in England before they moved back to Italy. We enjoy their company and their hospitality in their lovely home. We're really looking forward to our summer holiday with them as two of their children and some of their adult grandchildren will be joining us and our own children and grandchildren.  It will be very special for everyone.



Finally, it's always good to visit my husband's oldest sister who lives in a ground floor apartment opposite the home of her daughter and son-in-law in a gated courtyard complex of family houses. She's quite frail now after falling and damaging her back, but still sits and helps her daughter by doing small domestic jobs such as folding linen and preparing vegetables. The photo below was taken when we went to visit a couple of years ago and found her gathering salad leaves in the vineyard and vegetable plot.


15 comments:

  1. Beautiful place you share. Italy sounds about right!

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  2. How wonderful to have such a close family and be able to see them often. Your summer visit sounds as if it will be a happy one, I hope you all have a super time together in such a beautiful area:)

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  3. I can see your Summer visit will be wonderful. A gorgeous location, a relaxing break and catching up with your very large family, sounds perfect. Happy Holiday Linda :)

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  4. Your Summer break sounds idyllic sharing it with so many family members. We used to go to Italy when our girls were growing up and loved it, a beautiful country.

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  5. What a lovely portrait of your husband's Italian family and their homes. I'm so glad you shared it with us -- I feel as if I've been on the Italian holiday I've always wanted to take! Best, -Beth

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  6. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into the family history and such a gorgeous part of the world. Enjoy your holiday.

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  7. How lovely to have family in 2 countries.

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  8. I enjoyed learning more about your family and it is a blessing to have all those family members. Bob and I have very little family. I only have one brother with his wife and two grown kids and their kids. Bob has no family at all, he was the baby of 6 and they are all passed on except him. I love the idea of building UP and all living together

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  9. I can understand why you look forward to going to Italy, a beautiful home and family who are also friends. What's not to love? I enjoyed hearing about your Mr P's family.xxx

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  10. Beautiful post, Linda, showing what a wonderful and large family you all have in Italy (as well as England)... I'm glad you can spend time in both countries... I assume that your health is good now... God Bless You.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. What a wonderful extended family you have living in Italy - have a lovely time, and enjoy your time together.

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  12. How nice to have family to enjoy on your holiday. Enjoy your time!

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  13. Such beautiful places and a beautiful family. It's so good that even though you live in different countries you have worked hard to remain close and it looks like you have passed that love of family on to the next generation. Have a wonderful wonderful time together with all your loved ones.

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  14. Hope you have a wonderful time with your lovely family around you!

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  15. How wonderful to see glimpses of your family in Italy and their surroundings. Have a very special time this summer.

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