We’ve been here nearly a week now. I’m typing this (Saturday) on a warm afternoon (high 20s), with hazy sunshine outside. (I’m inside as it’s far too hot and bright to use a computer out there.) It’s been sunny all week, but last weekend was the tail end of one of the worst storms the […]

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This weekend was the San Michele Festival. Sounds grand, doesn’t it? But San Michele is a chapel the size of the average bathroom, at the top of a mountain nearly 2000 feet above sea level and only reached by five miles of winding rough track interspersed with stretches of concrete. Whoever built it certainly wanted […]

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After the first couple of weeks things have settled down a little. No, I’ll be honest; it’s getting boring. The trouble is, all our “stuff” is locked away in Peterborough and there’s not a huge number of things to do around here until we own the house and can get our things into it. The […]

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Another week, another problem or two, and a strange and exotic evening out.  But first the saga of buying the house.  In the good old days, property details were held as paper files at the Cataster – the Land Registry.  (It’s oddly appropriate that Cataster is so similar to Catastrophe).  Anyway, the system was recently […]

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A relatively uneventful week this time but some progress on the house. On Thursday the Land Registry finally accepted responsibility for losing the plans. We heard on Friday that they’ve now got everything back on their computer and we’re waiting to hear if everything is ready to meet the notary and “do the act”, as […]

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April started with light but steady rain here and snow on Monte Bignone across the valley from us. In fact, the last day of March was a unpleasant day, cold with intermittent drizzle and a leaden sky, following a couple of weeks of cloudy and cool weather. After being told all winter how mild it’s […]

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A longer report this time owing to no having a phone line for a couple of weeks. Torrential rain, some cold nights and a small earthquake. But first you have to read some boring stuff. Downstairs, Anna’s belongings were gradually disappearing to the house down the hill, and we did a bit of work in […]

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Now we actually own the house we live in we can start doing things without the nagging fear that everything might go wrong and leave us homeless. Admittedly it wasn’t very likely, but however small the probability it nevertheless acted as a brake on getting stuck in. I started by trimming the olive tree outside […]

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We’re now three weeks from the winter solstice and I’m already longing for the days to start lengthening, just as much as I used to in England. I know, you just can’t please some people. After all, the temperature’s been in the mid teens every day and there’s rarely a breath of wind even up […]

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Near the end of Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life there’s a Terry Gilliam animation featuring a lone tree in autumn colours. A single leaf falls, oscillating gently back and forth and emitting a faint wail of despair as it goes. A pause, then another does the same. A longer pause, then all the remaining […]

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