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We’re still learning new words and phrases every day, whether watching Italian television, listening to Italian radio, chatting with our friends or when we’re visiting the builders’ merchants (this one we seem to be doing a lot of recently!) But some words stick in my mind, either because of what they mean or how they sound (especially when said correctly by an Italian who can roll their Rrrrrrs – I still can’t do it!) So here are some of my favourites, in no particular order …

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Who’s there? … Autumn!

We’d had a good rainstorm yesterday afternoon and into the evening, the first real rain in about three months, and this morning’s result was low mist in the valley heightening the changing colour of the leaves and a real feeling that Autumn was creeping up on us.

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As settled as we are here in Italy, there are still a few things that I miss about England. Family, friends and our three rapidly maturing godchildren are the obvious things but Skype, Whatsapp and the odd email certainly make that a lot easier. Unfortunately it’s a little more difficult to Facetime with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken or a good Chinese Takeaway (although much better for the diet that way!)

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It’s often true to say that when you think of Italy … you think of its wonderful food. Italians are extremely passionate about cooking and eating, from the ingredients found in their ‘orto’ to the do’s and don’ts of the final touches … ‘To parmesan or not to parmesan?’ Food is such a passion that it is included in many phrases – some to compliment and some to insult – and in today’s post I thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you.

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These last couple of weeks have been a bit strange. With the ‘fossa’ and drainage in place and a flushing toilet sitting proudly in the house, and the ‘stufa’ puffing merrily away out of its new chimney on the colder days, we’ve found ourselves tackling some of the smaller jobs around the place and it feels most relaxing not having intense, full days of work ahead of us … we can stop every once in a while and enjoy the first signs of Spring that seem to be slowly creeping up on us.

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For the very observant of you out there you will see a new title squeezed in between the usual options at the top of the page. Along with ‘A little bit of history …’, ‘Contact me …’ and ‘Home’ you’ll see the sparkly new heading of ‘Rustico Renovation …’

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Happy New Year to all of you … those crawling from their beds nursing hangovers who are starting the day with a handful of peanuts and a slice of leftover Christmas cake for breakfast, and those who we all envy who’ve been up since 7am and already managed a couple of chores and a brisk morning walk. I fall into neither of these categories having got up at a sensible hour and only had two espresso coffees and no breakfast (but only because we finished the Christmas cake last night!)

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With the festive season finally upon us, ten of the twenty five tonnes of gravel shifted by hand as the motorised wheelbarrow decided to pack up on us for a couple of days, and not one but two Christmas cakes to marzipan and ice, I’m taking a couple of weeks break from Blogging.

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