25 Aug 2017

Summer days in Italy

Hello everyone!  It's good to be back blogging again after spending time away from the computer and enjoying some family time over the Summer, mostly in Italy. Today I'm joining in Five on Friday and sharing five collages to give you an idea of what we did during that time.


The grass had grown long again and needed cutting so we were glad to use the services of someone in the village to cut it with his tractor and cutter. All the grassy land around the house was soon looking much tidier. There was still a lot of tidying up to do around the fruit trees and the grape vines, but our grandson who was on holiday with us, together with his mother, sister and aunt gave a helping hand.


We met up with family and friends who live in the village and also with our nephew and his family who had come over from England to see the parents who had gone back to Italy on their retirement.  Above is my sister-in-law's garden overlooking the local abbey and in the middle small photo are our two lovely daughters.  Whilst Mr. P and I stayed at home the rest of the family went off on day trips to the beach and to a local water park.


The weather was extremely hot and towards the end of our time away there were lots of wildfires for local communities to contend with. Although our village was not troubled by them the fires did come very close and on one occasion when Mr. P. was taking our family back to catch their flight to the UK the smoke from one fire was blowing across the motorway which meant there was a diversion and delays as the queue of traffic was rerouted onto country roads. Thankfully he'd started out on the journey to the airport in good time.
We were continually drinking mineral water because of the heat.  Having a well means that we have a good amount of water stored in tanks, but we don't drink it. A good solution is to go further up into the mountains to get a supply from the running water at a designated fountain.  Going up into the mountains and wooded, unspoilt countryside is always a relaxing experience.


On the last evening before our family went home we went to the local town where there's always something going on all the year around.  This time there was a concert taking place at the foot of the castle and stalls where local artisans were selling craft work.  The high street had been pedestrianised for the week and later on in the evening rally cars lined up for viewing before they took off on another leg of a race around the region.


During our time with us the two grandchildren wanted to spend a day in Rome so one of our daughters stayed with Mr. P. and relaxed in the garden and I took the grandchildren and their mother on a walking tour around the historic centre taking in the sites they wanted to see.  We took lots of bottles of iced water and a picnic lunch with us.  The shady visitors' centre near the Forum made a welcome place to rest. Later we walked to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps area and had another rest and refreshments at one of the numerous pizzerias nearby. It was worth the effort and the heat to see the grandchildren enjoying our short tour before getting the train home where Mr. P.  was waiting for us at the train station and a tasty meal cooked by our other daughter was ready for us to enjoy as we talked about our day in Rome.


I hope you've also had a good Summer. There's still a lot going on now we're back home in the UK until the two local grandchildren go back to school and university. Hopefully I'll catch up with your news very soon.
Wishing you a good day and weekend,
Linda :)

32 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place. I feel like I went on a little tour with you by looking at all your great photos. Our summer was just okay but fall is around the corner. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jean for your visit. I'm glad you enjoyed this blog post about my Summer in Italy. All the best!

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  2. Welcome back Linda. It's so good to see you had such a lovely and restful summer. So wonderful to have all your family able to be there to enjoy it with you. The countryside around where you live is just beautiful. We had a pretty quiet summer this year. Not sure why but I had no real ambition to get out much, although I did help with some things at church and have taken care of my granddaughter a few times. As your summer draws to a close I hope you and Mr. P are able to enjoy more quality time with your local grandchildren. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you Gloria for coming by. I'm happy that you had a lovely home-based Summer. Those times with your little granddaughter are special occasions. Mr. P. and I enjoy being with our grandchildren. We're making the most of the time with our granddaughter at the moment before she goes away to university.

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  3. Welcome back Linda ...
    Oh what a glorious post. I'm pleased you enjoyed your summer.
    Your photographs are lovely and it's always so nice to spend time with family.

    Enjoy the weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan for your visit. I'm glad to be back blogging and meeting up with my friends who blog such as yourself. All the best to you too!

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  4. What a beautiful vacation! I'm sorry the heat was so bad, but it looks like an amazing time!

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    1. Hello Marie. Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. I enjoy seeing photos and hearing about your life, especially the pictures of the birds in your region.

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  5. I am so glad that you are back after visiting your hubby's native town.
    italy is gorgeous and landscapes are breathtaking!!!

    i did not know that summers are stern there too .
    but this is nice that you had great time with your inlaws and lived in your other home .
    visiting home after long time sounds like a taking a refreshing breath though i can imagine that lots of undone jobs are waiting there for you .
    your daughters are so lovely my friend.
    felt concerned about fires but It is nice that it did not touch your town.
    castle looks amazing .
    i like festivals and glad you enjoyed thee one .
    More blessings to you and family my friend!

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    1. Bless you too, Bailli. It's good to hear from you. The Summer in Italy has been unusually hot this year. Even my Italian husband found the heat uncomfortable. However, it's always special to be back in Italy enjoying the Italian lifestyle surrounded by beautiful countryside.

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  6. the photos SAY Italy without words, they are beautiful as are your two daughters. and the water fall pic is amazing. your summer sounds fun and a lot done.. I did not know you have heat and it sounds like ours. I am soooooooo ready for a break in the temps

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    1. Thank you Sandra for your visit and kind words. I prefer the cooler climate we have in the UK so that's why we don't usually go to Italy during the heat of July and August. The younger members of the family enjoy sunbathing and, of course, we did have a rigid-sided temporary pool in the garden and the family went to the beach and the big leisure centre where there are outdoor swimming pools and fun water activities. We have had some sunny days here in Yorkshire which has helped the transition period on our return.

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  7. these photos are magnificent! Such beauty.

    Thanks for your comment over on my blog! :)

    I am going to follow you...so I can see more of these fantastic photos.

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    1. Thank you for your visit Sandi. Welcome to my blog.

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  8. What stunning photos, such a beautiful place. My daughter is in Italy at the moment with her husband and children, hopefully it will have cooled down a little. Sorry to hear about the fires.

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    1. Thank you. I'm sure you daughter, husband and children are enjoying their holiday especially if they're near a swimming pool or by the sea.

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  9. Thanks for your nice comment about our family tragedy... Now --there's something else: flooding in the Houston area due to the hurricane... My son, Mark, says that he doesn't know how much more he can take... Prayers for him...

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Summer with family. Sorry about the extreme heat... That is NO FUN... I'm not a summer lover --but I will say that overall, this summer hasn't been too hot here at all. Love it....

    Thanks for your concern. Hope you are feeling well these days.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Dear Betsy, thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. We assured that I'm continuing to pray for you and especially your son at this difficult time as well as for the people in the Houston area that they'll be kept safe. The situation must be devastating for them. Thank you, my husband and I are keeping fairly well.

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  10. So lovely to hear from you again and to know that you had a good summer! Looks as though the weather was lovely for you and you got to do some nice things too.

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    1. Thank you Amy! It's good to hear from you! We had a lovely time away and now I'm happy to get back into our usual routine back here in the UK. It's also good to be blogging again!

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  11. I'm glad to hear that you've had such a lovely summer, I think it makes it all the better when you're able to spend time with family. I always enjoy seeing your photos of Italy and all the beautiful scenery.

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    1. Thank you Jo. Wishing you a good week.

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  12. So nice to check in with you again, Linda. My stops at your blog are always one of astonishment...seeing the fabulous architecture within in your reach!

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    1. It's good to hear from you Becky! Thanks for coming by and leaving a kind comment. I'm slowly catching up with blog friends' news. I shall return your visit very soon. All the best!

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  13. Oh I just love seeing glimpses of your summer in Italy. I did recognize immediately the pictures in Rome and it brought back memories of our time there. The grapes hanging in your garden looks so very good. How nice to have time together with your family visiting and enjoying the family there in Italy.

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    1. Apart from the heat and the anxiety re. the wildfires it was a good Summer in Italy especially with some of our family, a nephew, his wife and family being over there. The teenagers had a great time together.

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  14. How I love those mountains! So glad the wildfires didn't affect you, and how marvelous having your own well. I loved the photo of the waterfalls and of Rome, I really must go back soon. good to have you back.xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina. It was a good time away and I hope to share more soon.

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  15. Hello Linda, It sounds like you had an amazing time and the images you have shared are stunning. What a wonderful part of the World to take a much needed relaxing break.
    Hard to believe we are mid September already.
    Have a brilliant day :)

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    1. Thank you Prunella (and friends) for your visit. I've been off line again as I've been busy homemaking and enjoying more family time with the local grandchildren. Wishing you a good day also and many good moments during the rest of September.

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  16. Spending time with family is the most important thing and you're so lucky they live in a beautiful location.

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    1. Thank you Carol for coming by and leaving a comment. Yes, we miss Italy and my husband's family when we're not there. We look forward to our next visit.

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