Sadly we’ve had to say ciao to our lovely daughter E, son-in-law S and our two fabulous grandsons S and G who set off last night for the drive back to the UK. They texted late to confirm they has made Piacenza for the night and are already on the road heading for the Gotthard tunnel and Switzerland. We’re already missing them badly although we have youngest daughter S and husband I here for another day before they too head back tomorrow, with C. Then it’ll be just R and me here in Italy for a spell.

Because the weather’s been so crap we’ve hardly been out of the house but we’ve had a blast with everybody here. The boys are just growing up so fast – S’s just fixated with footie – either playing it for real or on his new Wii or just reading his football mags or his collector cards. G too is starting to kick a ball around. We had a great time yesterday knocking a ball around down in Falerone whilst E was having a quick sun-bed.

The only unfortunate moment came when we went to collect the kids’ clothes from the cleaners – we thought we’d asked for them to be simply washed and dried (because our gas still hasn’t arrived we cannot get them done here) but it seems they’d been dry-cleaned and pressed and it cost S an eye-watering 44 euros. I’m not looking forward to collecting our few things this morning.

Stupidly I forgot to take any photos of the family with us so we have no recent shots of the boys of our own. I’m so annoyed with myself. I’ll just have to make up for it when we head back to the UK for S’s 7th birthday (It’s C’s birthday the same day!) later this month.

Our house seems very quiet already.


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About Paul

Having decided on a change of life by moving home from the UK to Italy, this is the story and thoughts of a man on a personal journey from the Blackpool Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in search of la dolce vita. After several olive harvests he's now back in London but en route he shares his very personal perspectives on life.

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