The Italian language is beautiful … especially when Italians speak it. My vocabulary, whilst pretty large now, still sees me grabbing the dictionary every few minutes to look up a word I’ve heard on the radio or seen on an advertisement on the back of an autobus. And I’ve put the hours in, I really have … when we were still in England and had made the decision to move here to live, we bought the language course on cd, loaded it onto our ipods and listened to it … often … dutifully completing the written vocabulary exercises as well. We also immersed ourselves in all things Italian to enhance our learning potential – I made biscotti, pannacotta and spaghetti carbonara (only eggs, no cream – see I really was learning!) But there’s no real substitute for being ‘on the ground’ here in Italy … and that’s when the real learning started.
Christmas!!!! Yes I am aware that it is only March and we’re only just approaching Easter. And despite there having been a lot of snow up near the house over the last two or three weeks, that’s not the reason I’m in a festive mood. I’ve just made a start on my Christmas shopping list that’s all.
I thought I’d share a little selection of our current reading matter with you – those of you who know us know that whenever there’s something to be done, we like to research everything possible so that we can do the job ourselves … and with a whole house to restore, in another language, we’ve got a lot of bedtime reading to do!
I love my caravan – our apartment on wheels. With there just being the two of us and our little cat, there’s ample room … well, once we’d made the adjustment from living in a four bedroom detached house with three bathrooms! I mean what’s not to love –
We can park up and ‘live’ in beautiful places that we would not be able to afford if we were renting or buying …. and if we decided at any point that we didn’t like the neighbours, we can just hitch up and drive off to somewhere new.
Bearing in mind that I’ve just entered the 21st Century and started blogging, I’m already finding problems, and I’m only around ten blogs in! The problem is commitment. Not to the writing of it – Oh no, that’s the easy part at the moment, you can’t shut me up … I have folders of drafts and ideas bunging up my computer! No the problem is what I’m writing. As every new Blogger no doubt does, I’ve recently gone back over my few posts and astounded myself how many jobs I said we’d get finished on the house, and how many of those we are only just getting started on.
The Italians might moan about the weather as much as we English, but they definitely deal with it a lot better. Take this weekend for example – we’ve had snow. Well at the campsite we’ve had a constant 48 hours of heavy rain with an ‘allerta arancione’ (orange alert) on the digital boards along the coastal road and local rivers flowing at the fullest we’ve seen for over a year, but further inland it’s a different story. We headed up to the house on Sunday morning to see if there was the expected Winter Wonderland, and we weren’t disappointed.