Franco Manca

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We’ve found a fantastic Italian food place called Franco Manca. They have places across London and fortunately there’s one in Chiswick where our daughter S lives and one up on Ealing Broadway near where we live. And both are great.

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the best little seafood restaurant in the world (well sirolo)

Well we’ve had a real battery re-charge here in Italy, the weather’s been lovely the last few days and we’ve worked our socks off on the house and in the garden. We’ve only a couple of days left before heading back to the UK and almost on queue the weather’s turned all British on us. Instead of a glorious sunrise bursting through the window we had rain beating against the pane this morning. We’d only 6 more olive trees to prune as well but we reckon we deserved a day off from the paesano stuff.

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daughters eh

Yesterday was our second daughter E’s 30th birthday. 30! I know it’s a cliche but it doesn’t seem 5 minutes since she was starting school. Another cliche is how old does that make us feel too…When R was 30 we threw a big party for her at home – she’d been looking forward to it from the day after she was 21 and it was a major event in her life. E’s situation is very different of course; she’s married with children of her own and E wasn’t expecting a major fuss from us. But we’d been planning a bit of a surprise with her husband S for a couple of weeks. Yesterday afternoon we flew in to the UK  got a car and bombed down to Brighton. The boys are away for the weekend and S was taking E to this great restaurant called ‘Bill’s Produce’. When they arrived we were already there along with our other daughter S and husband I. I’m sure E must have realised some surprise was cooking when earlier in the afternoon she called C on her mobile as she couldn’t reach us on our home phone in Italy. We were just checking in to the hotel in Brighton and this flock of seagulls were squawking overhead and clearly audible to E. We don’t get many seagulls in the montains in le Marche. Anyway we had a fantastic evening. If you get the chance give Bill’s a try; great food and wine, service and atmosphere.