Buondì. A super-quick one today, as I’m back in Italy, back at work (albeit at the kitchen table), and have a pile of stuff to get through before the weekend. Also a pile of stuff to get through at the weekend… One thing that takes a lot of time is managing multiple websites – we […]
Archives for March 2023
Photo competition winner / Final days in London
Buondì. Thanks to Tony, the only entrant in our photo competition to find the best view from a public lavatory, and therefore the winner! It’s the view from the men’s public conveniences in Assisi, apparently. Beh, they’re a primitive lot in Umbria, so don’t have glass. In Emilia Romagna we have windows in our toilets. Peckham […]
Buondì. This is for Brenda, who emailed in response to Saturday’s article, writing that when she’d visited the UK (from Canada, I think she said) she hadn’t gotten very far from London. So she enjoyed hearing about me getting soaked to the skin in the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey, and checked the place […]
Message for you? / “Rewrite in your own words”
Buondì. It’s been a week, almost to the hour, that Roomie left, and we got our lives back. It seems like longer, actually, as there’s been so much going on. I’m writing this perched on a bed in Cornwall (England), with sun streaming through the window, more about which later. But first, catching up on […]
Shocking how stupid people are, isn’t it?
Buondì. Pardon the provocative title, but I’m writing this yesterday, when I woke (don’t you love that word?) at 4 a.m., to take my daughter to the airport, for her flight back to London, England. Lack of sleep makes me tetchy. Why am I writing this yesterday? Because today, when you read it, we’ll be […]
New ‘easy reader’ ebook, Madama Butterfly, £5.99 this week!
Buondì. Hope you had a nice weekend. Ours was quiet, despite my three adult kids being here, and the in-laws coming for Sunday lunch. Since you ask, I cooked tagliatelle ragù as the primo, cotolette for the secondo, and friggione as the contorno. With an antipasto of hummus on rye bread, and a vegan-alternative primo, […]
The low-hanging fruit, at least
Buondì. I’m super late today, sorry! But I have a good excuse, as we were off releasing Roomie into the wild. We opened the cage door, out she confidently bounded, and with a few powerful leaps she was gone, disappearing into the treeline. Which means my old life is over, finished, done! No more hours […]
What bothers you?
Buondì. The other day I was standing outside my house, rubbing my eyes to counter the effect of too much computer, when one of my neighbours walked by, with her three dogs. The two on leashes came up to me for coccole, the third peered balefully out of his doggy passeggino (stroller, pushchair), to which […]
Sprung, ‘Cancel culture’, and 3 Half-Price eBooks from 2021!
Buondì. Most of the trees Roomie and I passed on our weekend walks still looked like skeletons. The grass in the park was a patchwork of faded green and winter-seared brown. With cigarette butts. But the cherry trees outside my house are now a riot of light pink. Spring has finally sprung! Italian seems to have […]
Oh, and here’s an idea…
Buondì. Following on from Wednesday’s article about practising speaking Italian ( Better ideas than speaking Italian to waiting staff… ), it occurred to me that I’d forgotten to mention the obvious thing. My younger daughter, a medical student in Florence, has recently been accepted to do an Erasmus placement in Spain for some or all […]