We saw Gravity. I have realized that in 1 yr I've been to the movies 6 times, and 2 movies were children ones. I used to go at least once a week . The good thing is that now I tend to like pretty much everything we see, given that it is such a rare occasion
Oh, how lovely a Bonfire Night! I still remember our last bonfire night in the UK with fondness. Did master Gio enjoyed it?
Still mild here too, and such a glorious day today. Where's Rosa, I wonder? I hope she is not lost in IKEA land! I haven't been in ages, and now it's time to go, with all the christmassy things!
Btw, I have just discovered that Paperchase now delivers to Italy. I adore Paperchase, I need to control my instinct to buy the whole shop now.
I miss Bonfire night! You've given me an idea though Giò - with all the British people who supposedly live/own holiday houses down here there might be an opportunity to organise an expat Bonfire night celebration in the future. If one was the organising type...
We had a lovely walk in the woods on the 1st November, with our merry band of cousins... I am so happy that we live so near such a beautiful Parco Naturale. Then we had a walk on the beach on Sunday - too late in the day to go swimming though. Am gradually getting to appreciate all the good points about living here and trying not to think too much about the things I miss about Milan.
Franca, I am exactly the same about the cinema. Ridiculously grateful to see anything, even if it's rubbish. The last film I saw though really was rubbish - Una piccola impresa meridionale, it just seemed crammed full of cheesy southern Italian clichés - should have known!
What's Gravity like? The trailer scared the life out of me!
Am here .... Wished I had spent more in Ikea as we got a few things then thought how will we get them from the car ... Then dh got the boat left near the car park so we could have got Billy after all ! Cinema welllll we saw Justin il Caviliere .... beat that guys ! So far this year it has been i puffi , and another but I can't remember what it was ! Then Friday we went to the beach area and had a lovely meal . The traffic coming out was hellish but we did the back roads. Then sat Dh and dd1 went to the Terme at Abano. They went with SIL and DH said it was ok but not the best centro. Minirosa and I stayed at home. SUnday lazy day and it rained. Well my baby is 5 today and I feel sooo old . her best friend was coming for merenda but has a febbre so we will try and spoil her. Her party is on sat and I just hope she doesn't get what her friend has as they are like glue ! I can't ask the other one as she is a JW. Although coming to the end of the season here there is a huge sciopero planned for 13/11 going oltranza . ( Venice taxis and transport boats ) Meaning I am up the creak with a few bits of work and we will have to go to the mainland to get food if it gets that bad. Some places have their own boats like fruit and veg but not all . I agree with the reasons for striking but hell they could have waited 2 weeks !!!
5 Rosa! It seems like yesterday that minirosa made her first appearance. Happy Birthday MR and auguri to you! I love the idea of going to Ikea by boat! I want a weekend in Venice. Spag yes get organising. We combine Halloween and Bonfire Night and so the kids dress up and we eat burnt sausages while watching fireworks. It's the one night though I don't want Rome's climate. Bonfire Night should have a wind that cuts your face and baked potatoes in foil to keep your hands warm. Oooh Paperchase Franca, am off to have a browse.
Spaghettina, imagine how beautiful Bonfire Night would be in a field of ulivi! I enjoyed watching Gravity (and there is a great George Clooney, just being great at being GC at his best iyswim ). I think it is a good movie on redemption, yes. And obviously perfectly filmed (but nowadays, which movie isn't perfectly filmed, really?)
How have you all been? Italy was in the news recently - strikes I think it was.
I have been busy with ds2's school - we are trying to raise money to get special educational toys and things for the special needs unit. We have made calendars and small Christmas decorations to sell, and we are holding a bakesale. This isn't something you see much in Greece (yes, it was my suggestion!) but everyone seems quite keen on it.
Franca I love cheesecake and I have to make one now! I didn't think it was something that had really taken off in Italy - I don't recall ever seeing one there. Perhaps people just waited till I'd gone before eating them!
I think the last time I went to the cinema was before I had children! How much does an average ticket cost these days in Italy?
Wellllll Sabato pm if you want to meet Peppa Pig then come to minirosas birthday party !!!! Where are you staying??? let me know if you need help in finding somewhere and I hope we can squeeze a coffee in. i will not tell you my thoughts in the Bienale
Well got here in time to wish MiniRosa a Happy Birthday!!
Lots of news, just no time to write at all!
Got tired of bonfires and fireworks, especially the latter! Neighbours filled our back garden with debris and I had to pick everything up in the morning!! And some people still keeps on firing them... GRRRRRRRRR
So how's Gravity? Just saw Thor 2 the last week, I really enjoyed it!! (well with all that eye candy it was difficult not to, yet DH liked it too!)
Rosa sorry I didn't manage to meet you for coffee, we spent yesterday at arsenale and today at Giardini and then we dashed to the station as our train was leaving at 15.20. We really enjoyed the biennale and the British pavilion was really good! Hope the party went well and wow what an amazing warm day yesterday!
Lake Gravity was good, I enjoyed it, not a masterpiece.
Glad you enjoyed it France . Party was fantastic and everything went really well. Minirosa was very happy and so were most of the children ! It is San Martino today so I should be making the biscuits so they can decorate them as they are a rip off in the shops but I really want to curl up on the sofa with a cuppa ... SO thats not going to happen!
Books mine loved the books from Giunti that were touchy feely one had a zebra on the front and another can't remember but they had animals in them. Also when a bit older the Orsetti books you sort of read the story with the child who can interact with the story telling . DD1 loved them. I wish I had known earlier as I gave a bag of books to the asilio the other week you could have had them ! Right Pasta Frolla here I come ....
Lovely day , wind rain aqua alta , no public transport , the taxis and transport boats are still on strike , teachers doing reduced hours..I am going back to bed !!! Hope things are better where you are !!!
Same here (no acqua alta though). Public transport in a mess because there's been a cgil manifestazione, teachers in a strike for the first school hr (but luckily both dc's teachers didn't) and heavy rain.
And dh and ds are going to see Italy vs Germany. They'll have to wrap up warm as it's offcially winter!
The giunti stuff does last!!!! Well strike is off ( for now) and it looks as if the rain has stopped . Dd1 came home with a note in her libretto di scuola asking me to sign for entrata in ritardo .... The avviso said that the school was on strike for the 1st hour .So am I right in thinking I should have taken her at 8.15 to see if the teacher was there , if not taken her home and brought her back an hour later????. The teachers diddn't say whether they were on strike or not .....I am being a bit English on this and have stuck the avviso overthe bit they have asked me to sign!!!!! Its a bit on principal really. Plus it was raining horizontally and minirosa was going in at 9.
We have booked the flat for next summer !!! A chance came up to book via a privato so we booked it !!! All season !!! Will still be going to the Uk probably in July - but I will be more flexible on dates and hopefully prices as well !!so now we hope for bel tempo in June !!! I am so behind on thinking for Christmas dh reminded me that in a months time we will be in the UK !!
I, on the other hand, would like to take the family to the mountains after Christmas, but would love to go somewhere new, a small village but with good slopes, lovely hotel, with a spa... yeah right, in my DREAMS.
franca head over to the Dolomites as I reckon you would find somewhere there ..over the other side the places are bigger not really a village atmosphere.. Much colder here now infact its inverno . Last week aqua alta and damp this week cold and crisp much better!!!