13.03.2009 - 08.04.2009
Thought I'd do a quick post for those of you that assume we've disappeared off the face of the earth! :-)
We are back in Italy now, in Pederobba, renting the house we were in last time off a good friend. We've decided this is most likely the place or area we will move to permanently.
Italian is coming on well. We initally looked into attending school, but their term ends in a few weeks and does not restart until October so that;s no good. Viviana, a friend here, has been teaching us, plus we have started on a comprehensive computer based course. I'm actually really enjoying the challenge. Soon I'll have Italian and French to my name! (well, very bad but manageable French). I'm currently plugging away to the tune of about 2 hours per day. K will start later today so I've got a 3 day head start, though she is learning lots locally too, just through conversation.
Arriving back here was fun. We bought a cover for the car that we left here last year. They had several metres of snow and a LOT of rain. Seems the cover we bought for 40 Euros was a sun cover and NOT waterproof. Doh! Opened the doors to find a forest of mould inside...
That took a lot of cleaning, and it will take weeks to properly dry. Battery was dead too. Cue another 60 Euros :-(
Was rather chilly too. Still plenty of snow on the mountains...
.. though most of that has melted now and it is really warming up outside. Had several sunny days in a row now.
We've been up the mountain a few times this week to help Elizabetta manage her chestnut forest. Everyone here owns a chunk of the mountain - all passed on through families, and growing chestnuts is a local passion - they have a chestnut festival each September.
Elizabetta has recently had all the trees cut back so there are about 30 piles of small branches that need burning. So that's what we've been up to!
(The rake must be centuries old!)
Very hard work I'll add!
K went to investigate Italian lessons at another school and inadvertently ended up helping in an English class :-) - She's currently investigating what options are on offer for her to make money from this!
I got my PC flown over , and we bought a telly, so we are quite at home now. We also brought an amazing amount of stuff with us on our flight over. Easyjet don't have a weight restriction on hand baggage, only that you must be able to lift your bag into the overhead locker on your own. So I stuffed the bags full, including one of my remote control helicopters and all the associated guff. It went over 20Kg, just for one of the two bags. At security we got separated and they asked K to lift the bag over her head. She JUST managed - I was panicking! Got through OK in the end.
Still battling with the insanely complicated recyclying chedule.
(K and Guido tryign to understand teh recycling calendar - nothing is collected the same day twice!)
Anyhow, won't be much more activity on the blog for some time now until there is new news.