According to Word Reference, the word "uffa" means "what a bore" but when accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders, maybe a pair of eyes darting up to the heavens, a helluva lot is conveyed in those two short syllables. It can signify a whole range of emotions from boredom to dejection but also desperation. … Continue reading “Uffa”
A man turned up on my doorstep earlier today and he asked "is Alessandro home?" "No, he's not back yet," I reply. "Ok, then I'll tell you. Your dog has destroyed my vegetable patch. I saw with my own eyes that your dog was at the vineyard this morning and now I come home and … Continue reading Problems On The Horizon
We're moving forward with the house renovation! It's all getting rather exciting. As of today, the roof is now finished - new layer of insulation underneath, new tiles, a couple more windows to bring in more light, and the solar panels.... It's taken a while but it's finished and finally the builders are starting to … Continue reading Onwards And Upwards: The Roof And The Walls
"Slowly but surely," is the answer. At the beginning stages of a house renovation, it's completely linear. Just bricks and mortar; walls and a roof. There's nothing else. It becomes frustrating because you can't say "well, these guys for X have been held up on another project so let's do Y, while we're waiting..." Now … Continue reading “How’s The House Coming Along?”
Just one quick look at the calendar and you know this week is going to be amazing. I mean, it's not even once every hundred years that Valentine's Day and Pancake Day/Mardi Gras land on the very same day. I could have gone full out on the heart-shaped American style pancakes with maple syrup and … Continue reading “The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray”
It's now February. February! How did that happen? We're already a good chunk into what I still think of as the new year. I think it's because I am starting to feel increasingly settled here in Italy, the days are going faster, the evenings are getting longer but I sometimes feel that I let days slip … Continue reading How Is It February Already?
It's been a little while since my last update on the building works. Unfortunately, the reason largely lies in the fact that, through no fault of our own, we've been at a standstill throughout most of November and December. On the plus side, we ran into our team of builders at the Befana bonfire in … Continue reading Update on the Renovations