All Change …

Yes I know it has been a couple of months since I last posted on here, last November in fact, which in ‘Blog world’ is practically a lifetime ago … but before you judge me for my tardiness and unrealiability, please hear me out.

There’s been a lot going on in our little bit of Italia these Winter months …

We’ve had some very close encounters with deer, rabbits and cinghiale …

 

 

 

 

The haunch of deer was our delicious Christmas dinner cooked in the outside wood oven, the rabbit was a present from our geometra and which became a stew and a couple of portions of ragu for the freezer, and the cinghiale meat was a gift from a passing hunter on a recent Tuesday morning, having been caught on the Sunday and butchered by him on the Monday … cooking method pending!

We’ve had almost a week of the countryside looking like the background set to the film ‘Frozen’ …

 

 

 

 

The phenomenon is called ‘gelicidio’ and is freezing rain which encases everything in ice. Friends of ours in their fifties say they have never seen anything like this in their lifetime.We were lucky to have this beautiful tranquil landscape for a few days before it slowly melted, but further down towards the coast the freezing conditions were followed by strong winds which ripped through the various valleys snapping the tops off the heavily ice-laden trees. It’s really sad to see these areas as we drive down the autostrada as it’ll take years for the trees to fully recover.

We’ve spent what feels like the whole of January up on our barn roof …


 

 

 

With most Italian builders downing tools and refusing to venture outside in the cold month of January we’ve earned our ‘stranieri pazzi’ (crazy foreigners) monikers and braved the low temperatures getting stuck into reroofing our barn and putting the new roof on the extension linking the barn to the house. It was a longer job than we thought but is par for the course when joining into existing old materials, with reclaimed materials … rafters that don’t run straight (I’m talking almost right angles on some of them), tile battens that need measuring and spacing individually due to the ‘quirky’ nature (we actually used another word when we found this out) of the roof tiles and which also seem to have only two mates that they will happily sit next to (which is very frustrating when you have five hundred of the things to hunt through for its ‘friends’).

… and I’ve had ‘hard hat’ hair for that same entire month (and no you’re not seeing a photo!)

But with our feet back on solid ground we’ve been able to make some very huge steps forward and are extremely excited about our plans for this coming year. Unfortunately we are not yet ready to share these plans, as those of you who know us as the perfectionists we are, know that we need to dot the i’s, cross the t’s and quadruple check the curly bit on the bottom of the g’s before divulging even the slightest bit of information!

What I can tell you is that this will be my last post on this midlifeitaly Blog … but fear not … there are plans to share our goings on in a similar fashion in the near future. I’ll advise you all by email when things are up and running again in their new guise and, if you’re no longer interested, you can choose not to follow the new venture and I won’t be offended, well not too much!

So thank you all for having followed our exploits so far, thank you for all of your comments and support and keep your eyes on your inboxes for when we have the next part of our lives in its share-able form!

 

12 Comments, RSS

  1. Francesca February 14, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

    Amica finalmente sei tornata….ma….😯….
    È stato bello seguire il tuo Blog…grazie a te!
    A presto 😘

    • Mid-Lifer Italy February 15, 2018 @ 10:45 am

      Non preoccuparti Franci … non stiamo partendo il paese! Ti spiegherò tutto la prossima volta ti vedo … a presto amica!

  2. Linda February 15, 2018 @ 8:26 am

    Now we are intrigued!

    • Mid-Lifer Italy February 15, 2018 @ 10:46 am

      Probably not as much as we are! xx

  3. Clare February 15, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

    Sounds interesting, look forward to hearing whatever comes next when you are ready!!! Take care xxx

    • Mid-Lifer Italy February 16, 2018 @ 9:10 am

      Ha ha … you know us and details! Got a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ work to do but all will be revealed once we’re happy with everything xx

  4. David Wagner February 15, 2018 @ 11:34 pm

    Buena suerte mis amigos xx

    • Mid-Lifer Italy February 16, 2018 @ 9:07 am

      Muchas Gracias! xx

  5. John Fuller February 16, 2018 @ 10:38 am

    Good luck with all your plans, look forward to hearing from you in due course. Very Best Wishes
    John and Beni

    • Mid-Lifer Italy February 16, 2018 @ 2:33 pm

      Thank you both for your comments and support over the last couple of years, and of course you’ll hear what we’re up to as soon as we know! xx

  6. Patricia Cooper February 18, 2018 @ 4:58 pm

    Oh! The suspense! Now you have got me thinking in all directions.
    Look forward to reading the blog as and when you are ready, I know it will be as interesting as in the past.
    Look after yourselves, I hope you get rid of those colds soon.

    • Mid-Lifer Italy February 18, 2018 @ 7:02 pm

      Thanks Pat … we like to throw a bit of suspense out every now and again! I’m looking forward to hearing what you think we’re up to!! xx

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