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Rosa Wed 13-Mar-13 12:11:17

Siamo qui ... Ciao a tutti !

spaghettina Wed 17-Apr-13 11:56:11


very impressed at your aperitivi ideas Rosa!

Franca - glad you enjoyed your trip to Martina Franca. We just spent a couple of weeks in Puglia too, still nothing finalised about where we'll actually be living though. It all seems to be taking a very long time! It was good to escape the grim weather here.

I miss Sainsbury's hummus too. And hummus in general...must get round to making some soon (it's not actually that hard if you can source the tahini!).

Agree about MT - I am no fan, far from it, but I didn't like the street parties etc. very bad taste. A lot of those people can't even have been old enough to remember what it was like when she was in power.

Finding it a bit hard to cope with the sudden heat in Milan - ok it's not that hot but I'm unprepared in terms of wardrobe cambio di stagione (still haven't done it as we've been away). But there are people still going around in woollens, tights and padded jackets, I honestly don't know how they do it! Would be nice if the temperature could stay this way all summer instead of the dreaded "afa"...

Mitchy1nge Wed 17-Apr-13 12:02:40

oh hello little Italians, am adjusting to the greyness of home after Easter hols in palermo - once or twice towards the end of our stay it was lovely and warm (25 ish) but the children opposite us were in woolly tights and jumpers and gilets shock I think they would die if they went to northen Italy!

Rosa Wed 17-Apr-13 13:03:09

I am going to have to take minirosa a cap in domani if it stays like this as she has such fine hair her head burns!! HAve seen shorts and sandals here so far and yes next to wool coats and tights.
I am aching a bit less today thankfully but it was fun ! Trying to organise a money raiser for school selling cakes ..We did it at the materna and raised money now we need lost more for a school theatre production but there are the solito negativi .DRives me mad !

Francagoestohollywood Wed 17-Apr-13 18:27:51

Hello everyone!
Re socks, jumpers and gilets... I always say that we need to take it slow here, if we start wearing shorts and tshirts in April, what do we do in July grin??? (the dc wore shorts today btw!)

Mitchy, oh Palermo, how lovely.

Oh, i have to dash as ds has arrived and we need to eat, be back later!

LakeDistrictBabe Wed 17-Apr-13 22:03:23

Here weather keeps being awful and heavy rain and wind gusts....

I remember that spring 2010 was warm and sunny in Scotland, so the arrival of spring in Scotland is possible... What happened to that season?
Fortunately, at least this year I won't have to bomb the house twice because of the midges, I have no idea why nobody, and I mean nobody, install 'zanzariere' up here!!
Apart from the ones they sell and you have to wear them, which seems pointless when you have a barbecue and you're dressed like someone who's going to be rocketed on the moon and you're trying to drink beer and eat grilled sausages!!!
Maybe I'm too much of a fashionista for the Scots....

Didn't follow any thread, anywhere, about MT... I was good and kept myself out of trouble! ;)

Francagoestohollywood Thu 18-Apr-13 19:05:53

Rosa, unfortunately the soliti negativi are always, always around.
It was very hot here today, but rain is expected from tomorrow with sever drop of temp. No!!!

How are you all? I am in a good mood, inexplicably.

LakeDistrictBabe Thu 18-Apr-13 19:35:02

Ancora brutto tempo? In Italy too?
Glad you're in a good mood Franca smile

Here wind has broken in two all the daffodils I had planted and I hope it won't destroy all the tulips too.
Bl**dy weather!! GRRR

BananaGio Sat 20-Apr-13 13:43:00

just checking in to say WTF!! Now Napolitano is back in the ring.

Francagoestohollywood Sat 20-Apr-13 15:50:01

Oh Gio don't make me start grin. WTF indeed.

And it's raining.

Rosa Sat 20-Apr-13 22:19:11

O FGS whatever next. Only positive thing is that Bindi has gone... Never liked her .

Francagoestohollywood Sun 21-Apr-13 13:05:08

I am speechless.

But this morning I took dd to see a concerto di primavera performed by an orchestra of young teens (actually, at least 3 musicians seemed to be under 10), it was brilliant and has left my mood immensely.

Francagoestohollywood Sun 21-Apr-13 13:05:25


giveitago Sun 21-Apr-13 19:55:36

Rosa - curry paste on pasta? Goodness. What is curry paste?

Hope you all well. Yup seems a new election. To my absolute surpise my dfather was following elections and he's no radical but says that had he been able to vote in the Italian elections he'd had voted grillo. Goodness. But having said that, he'd never do it the UK (if there ever was such a party that wasn't the monster raving loony....).

Hope some good comes out of it.

Franca - I love my ds watching tv (following your other post). I won't have him in my tiny weeny kitchen when cooking as he's likely to be injured, just because I have a tiny weeny kitchen. So, with that in mind, he's more than welcome to watch tv when I can't watch him.

Rare sunnny day in London. Blimey. I 'played' football in the park with ds. Not easy at my age.

Rosa Mon 22-Apr-13 11:03:07

noo pasta sfoglia is ready made puff pastry !!!

Bloody raining again here , had a hectic weekend and really pissed off at the forecast for the 25-28 - Oh RAIN , thought might try a sneaky 2 day break 27/1 May - Oh RAIN then May1-4 RAIN . Ok it might change but I doubt it . So guess we will be here again !! EVen a day trip to Gardaland but not on the 25th as it will be too busy . Grrrrr

Concert for teens sounds very civilised don't think we have anything here.
Re Napolitano he will be 94 when his mandato is over ... Honestly why not reinstate Berlusconi and they can share zimmer frames? I cannot believe how ignorant what remains of Italian parliament is . He has done his bit now stop , he is old and needs to be retired off. They all are behaving like children and should get out and get jobs...Oh I forgot there aren't any ...

Francagoestohollywood Mon 22-Apr-13 11:22:17

Hi Giveitago, how are things?

As I said in the other thread, I think it largely depends on what children (and adults) are watching. I was perfectly happy for them to watch cbeebies or Nick jr when we were in the UK.
And I am totally fine nowadays to let them watch movies or the bbc iplayer (dd loves junior masterchef), but I wouldn't be equally happy if they spent hrs watching those hideous disney telefilms with all those american teens over gesticulating grin or watching the De Filippi programs or striscia la notizia.

Yes, rain rain and more rain. Cold again <<bangs head on the table>>...

spaghettina Tue 23-Apr-13 12:01:38

I am also gutted about the weather forecast - had booked a rare couple of nights away by the sea but what's the point if it's going to rain all the time??

As for Napolitano, WTF indeed. just looking at him makes me feel tired! Let the guy retire in peace. That lot couldn't organise the proverbial p*ss up in a brewery...

Franca, that children's concert sounds lovely, where was it? I haven't been to a classical concert (or any kind of concert) for ages! DD is probably too young to take to anything (just 3) but I want to start introducing her to more music and hopefully she can take up the piano next year.

Rosa Tue 23-Apr-13 12:09:25

I am still hoping its going to change....lovely day here btw...

Francagoestohollywood Tue 23-Apr-13 16:52:55

Spaghettina, at the Teatro dal Verme in via san giovanni sul muro, it's called Piccoli pomeriggi musicali, and there are some shows that are actually aimed at very little ones.
here the last one will be in May and I think would be ok for your dd.

Also the auditorium in corso san gottardo does similar things, but I can't load the website.

Rosa Thu 25-Apr-13 08:27:04

Well we are still at home ...dd1 had earache yesterday , no febbre took her to doc its inflamed a bit and has given her drops. When its bad give her nurofen and she is fine .. So I said lets go anyway found a hotel and dh said its too much hassle going yest pm.. Bung kids in car and drive hmm. its a lovely day here great for a walk on the beach..anything am seriously not impressed to be stuck here ...dh has gone running !!!!!

Francagoestohollywood Thu 25-Apr-13 10:26:38

Oh no Rosa, that's disappointing! Can you tke them to the Lido or is it too busy?
We are at the inlaws, and it's not as sunny as expected, but we are having a grigliata.

Buona festa della liberazione a tutti (thanks to the partisans, and the Allies!!!)

LakeDistrictBabe Sun 28-Apr-13 10:11:12

Hello ladies, hope you're all well ane enjoying the Ponte... wine

Here weather forecasts are awful again (sleet and even snow) and I'm so looking forward to moving out... but that won't happen for another month at least. Missing my husband a lot too sad

Francagoestohollywood Mon 29-Apr-13 10:25:22

Sorry to hear you are sad Lake. I hope this month goes quickly.

Not sure it helps, but here it's raining again and cold.

Rosa Mon 29-Apr-13 14:44:32

you need a rewards calendar to cross off the days so it come faster !!!
We had rain this am - so minirosa is in wellies and now it is blazing sunshine ! Yesterday forecast was crap ( on about 10 sites!!) so we stayed at home and the sun shone all blasted day!!
Its also humid ish.... DOne DH and my change of armadio ...I now have 2 big bags of stuff to go and the lady who takes them is on holiday for 2 weeks so I am going to have to fall over them. Next I need to tackle the dds toys , something I am really not looking forward to !

Francagoestohollywood Mon 29-Apr-13 14:53:54

I admire your courage rosa, I find it so difficult to throw away stuff, even if it's bored me senseless.

But yes, I also need to cull the dc toys.

Rosa Wed 01-May-13 06:30:27

We escaped Cattolica we decided traffic might be bad today so arrived last night. Made mental note to pack panini x noi as I only had stuff for the dds and the autogrill stuff was baaaad!!! Tom rain is forecast so thinking acquarium and cinema and then friday a park just not sure which one. Dd1 has yet to connect that we are in zona mirabilandia !
Buon1 maggio with our new governo ...... Still don't know whether to laugh or cry about it all!

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