|Rome, October 2012|
But we’re already well versed in finding creative (shifty) solutions to all this planning nonsense so we will surely find a way. Dad bought a small piece of neighbouring land with some 10 olive trees on it to add to building allowance (you need 100m2 to build 1m2) and it just so happens that bit's OK to build on. Not the 'in-your-face' sea view we have from the house but hopefully we can offer them a cosy little haven amongst the olive trees and neighbouring vineyard, where they will happily reside as long as and as often as they like.
|Olive trees trimmed|
|Old Portobello Gang and Breakfast at the Catons (sorry, poor quality pics)|
|Louisa, Juliet & Champagne Jane|
|The wonderful Tosh family|
A Nuclear Family Christmas
Opting to stay at home made for a very relaxing Christmas, if a little quiet without the extended family. We were still very spoilt - grandparents and aunties were as usual spot on for gifts, in particular a multitude of superhero attires for Hooper and the amazing rock star shirt Auntie Karen made for Lily - we’re still struggling to remove it from her for laundry.
Lots of indoor and outdoor activity, food aplenty, and lovely family time to recharge before hitting 2014.
And hardly a year ago he celebrated his 80th birthday again in hospital after a bad fall on ice. He is of course tough as nails and with his amazing nurse Joyce and family by his side, we know he'll be back on his feet again soon. Again the distance makes it impossible to be there with him but Jez has been delivering video-messages from one side to the other as he’s been back and forth for the past two months, in between mad travelling for Havas. It was wonderful to see them all on Skype a few weeks ago, including Joanne who'd flown over from Canada to help set up rehabilitation plans; John looked great, out in the spring sunshine and he cracked us up with his 'facial exercises'. We're equally concerned with Joyce getting enough rest and food in her. Every day the family is in our thoughts, as we send all our positive energy for a speedy recovery. Looking forward to the next UK visit so the kids can give them all a great big cuddle.
Another year, another carnival. Again spent a lot of time organising these events and despite the challenges, it was a success.
And finally, last community event for a while, the traditional Pentolaccia (piñata-style game). Which I still find a little confusing as they tend to hold this 'sweet-and-candy-based' event in the first week of Lent. So much for consistency...