Showing posts from September, 2017


Good morning all the good news is that whatever was trying to kill me has failed I am still alive and kicking.  Much sleep gallons of fluids and half the contents of the pharmacy seem to have done the trick.
Yesterday's lunch with another couple of Brits was fab. Let me run you through anti pasti of 3 types of bruschette followed by home made hams salamis and cheeses.  Then came the pasta which here it is Spaghetti alla chitara followed by ravioli of ricotta in tomato sauce.  Followed by saliboca and a massive salad. Nothing from a packet or shop.  I then fell into bed and slept till early evening when I was struck by starvation and we had a pizza supper at 10 pm the back to sleep.  

Time for a shower and get my act together 

Wednesday morning.

had a bit of a crap day, bad cough shivers so slept most if the day buy lovely to be being looked after by family and friends hoping for better to day

Tuesday morning

The little van has just come to the square and delivered fresh youghurts and burrata which is mozzerella made with cream which is of course to die for.  It is so fresh that if the day before is a festa there will be none.  Everything here is seasonal be that fruit or vegetables olive oil or certain meats. Takeaways don't exist as everyone cooks and the local specialities are arosticin which are small skewers  filled with small lamb/mutton pieces and cooked over a mini charcoal burner.  Today we are shrouded in the mist of 🍂 autumn.  Will fill you in with more details when I retrurn.  In the mean time have a good day.

Monday and time is flying

Lovely weekend good weather including a fabulous thunderstorm over the mountains. Food well what can I say this is Italy.  Everything going smoothly.  This morning we have no internet connection as the mast was struck by lighting.  However it is due to be back later this evening so although I am writing in the morning I am may not be able to post till later.

The area is peopled with kind and helpful people they are so few and far between that they all help each other out.  It is like going back in time not in terms of technology but in terms of attitude.  If you need something there is always someone who has a relative who can fix you problem. Everyone has a cousin who is a plumber or electrician who fix anything.

Yesterday Carol had a wood delivery which brought the whole town out to help and once in was barrowed down the flight of steps and stacked we all went to the bar for a beer which of course came with crostini the Italians don't drink without food of some kind.  This is a …

Saturday morning from Montefino

Good morning all just an update to let you know how things are going.  We had a terrific journey out here and managed to drive the whole of the north of France 🇫🇷 and Switzerland 🇨🇭 in one day getting as far as lake Como Italy 🇮🇹 where we stopped for the night. The following day we arrived in Montefino by 3 pm having stopped for a leisurely lunch.  Being British I have to tell you about the weather. It has been mostly hot a sunny though it did rain one night which left snow ❄️ on the tops of the mountains.

Yesterday we filled several item on the bucket list. Plates of calamari, a swim in the Adriatic and a small bit of sun bathing. Pecara has lovely golden sand and beautiful aquamarine water.  James has made himself quite at home and as there are 2bars less than 100 yards away.  He doesn't have to go far for a coffee ☕️ or a beer 🍻 and is on first name terms with the proprietor. Can't manage to get the photos to works will add when I get home.

Saturday last day

Good morning all this time tomorrow I should be pounding across the north of France.  So today is a final shop for stuff to take with us by way of a picnic and some bits for my sister.  Then it will be on with the packing as yet I have nothing in a suitcase but I do have small piles of bits around the place just waiting for the case.  James came home yesterday evening somewhat shattered so he is sleeping like a baby and I will leave him as long as I can.  They had a lovely time in Suffolk so I am happy for him.  It doesn't matter how old your kids are seeing a smile on their faces always makes a mother happy.
My nails are done and the girls worked miracles with nails that were a real mess.  I am pale pink and sparkly which as my nails are rather short looks OK.  I think if I had gone for a deep red it would have looked like I had put my hands in the blender.  Which reminds me many years ago a distraught neighbour came banging on my door she was as white as death and somewhat inco…

Friday 2 to go

Good morning all it is a lovely sunny 10 degrees this morning after quite a day of showers yesterday, autumn is definitely here.  Today I only have one pressing engagement and that is to have my nails done at lunch time. They are a real mess so the girls will have their work cut out to make them look good.  I would like to swing past Tesco and restock my first aid stuff for the car.  Nothing worse than a pounding head ache and no paracetamol.  My car first aid kit would make you laugh as it is actually one designed for dogs.  I did a course in dog first aid many years ago and at the time bought a comprehensive first aid kit for the animals.  When I looked at the contents I realised that it was fine for humans too but needed a couple of additions so it has been in my car ever since. The wonderful thing about first aid kits is that if you have one the chances of needing it become very remote.  I don't bother with things like dioralyte as I think I am able to cobble together water w…

Thursday 3 to go

Morning all a late start but it follows a late night so not surprising.  The dogs had a day of fasting and abstinence yesterday and being dogs they had no idea why!!! However, from our perspective, it seemed prudent to let their over indulgence pass through.  Tubby looked like a little Buddha his tummy was so full.  Today things will be back to normal with a bit of portion control.  Dan made lots of big displays of trying to eat a dry bone in the hope we might get the message that he was starving!!!!
I have an instapot pressure cooker and there is actually a whole group on facebook who swap recipes but there is a thread running at the moment discussing how to boil eggs in a pressure cooker. I am baffled, why would you do this, it is so easy to use a saucepan and it takes no longer. Just because it is possible doesn't make it sensible.  I'm sure you could boil eggs in a bucket on a barbeque doesn't mean it's a good idea.  There are some things pressure cookers a wonder…


Time is marching on and this is the stupid time too early to pack and too late to make changes.  I am having lunch with Sandy today which will distract me. Saturday will be a busy day doing the last minute things and hopefully an early night ready for an early start.  I really am hopeless at waiting I am like a caged tiger.  The storm came through last night with lots of rain and a good blow but this morning couldn't be nicer.    Calm and sunny, not too warm, but a lovely autumnal day.
Both dogs are in disgrace today as they lied about supper so had double portions which has caused them some discomfort and more gas than is liveable with.  Today will be a day of abstinence for them while their tummies settle down what silly boys. Moral of the story never ask a dog if he has had supper!!!!

Tuesday morning 5 days to go

Good morning all, chilly but clear skies.  Over the last few days we have started off OK then the rain has swept in from the west and the afternoons have been damp, to say the least.  I had a parcel of plants delivered from Thomason Morgan and approximately 20% were destroyed so I sent them an email and a photo of the plants.  Nice result they will be re-sending out another batch of plants at the end of October which is just perfect as I will be back from my adventure.  Yesterday a bag of Hyacinth bulbs arrived and I am now trying to decide whether to plant them for indoor decoration or put them straight into the garden or maybe a pot on the patio.
I have dealt with the bank and what a pain in the neck that was. Their system is not set up for travellers only for going to a place on a specific day and returning on a specific day.  So I was asked a battery of questions I couldn't answer. What day will you be entering Switzerland? who knows if all goes according to plan it should be…

Sunday and 7 to go

Good morning all, well actually it is nearly lunch time but I didn't get to sleep until the wee small hours so I have slept in.  The dogs have just returned from a nice long run and are now happily snoozing in the sun.  By this time next week, we will be well on our way through France and heading hell for leather for the Swiss border.  Sadly this is not the prettiest part of France and only gets interesting as you reach Alsace where it gets a bit more hilly and wooded.  It is our intention to use the toll roads as there is significantly less traffic and being a Sunday most of the lorries will be parked up and off the roads so we should make good time.  There are also plenty of service stations en route so we can pull up and change drivers easily.  
My sister has planned a meal which can sit happily for days until we arrive it is one of those dishes which only improve with sitting around for a while.  I have reassured her that we do not need entertaining and will be quite happy to…

Saturday Morning 8 days

Good morning all what a miserable day we had yesterday it rained for most of the day.  It was so cold I broke out my duvet having had just a quilt on the bed all summer.  This morning it is only 11 degrees so still pretty chilly.  Let's hope we have an Indian summer before we turn the corner for winter.  I really hope the temperature has dropped in Montefino or it will be a real shock to the system.  
I used up the last of my lovely fish things from Iceland so this morning another load is being delivered.  The shop is just up the road but it often doesn't have the items I want so it is better to get it delivered.
These are the items I would strongly recommend as to make them from scratch would cost a fortune and be lots of work. Rope Grown Scottish Mussels Shallots & Garlic £2 Zuppa Di Pesce Fish & Seafood Casserole with Squid, Hake, Mussels, Clams £3.50  add soup pasta and extra stock Sugo Alle Vongole Clams in a Mediterranean Tomato & Herb Sauce £3.50 add spaghetti

Thursday Morning

Sorry about yesterday but I had to dash out early as I was going over to Shionas and I had somewhat over slept.
I have finished the diagonal crochet thing!!!  As you can see it is made up of gash bits of wool and now I am not quite sure what to do with it.  It is such a thick texture I think it may end up as a rug beside my bed as the colours will sort of go with the decor.  Anyway, it has kept my hands occupied for a while and I enjoyed doing it.

James is doing another airport run today so I am car-less.  However, I have the ingredients to make Jamies fish cakes so they will be on today's menu.   I must say I am liking his only 5 ingredients dishes. Simple but tasty.  The fish cakes have just salmon, lemon grass, ginger and coriander and are served with a chilli jam well mine will be with sweet chilli sauce which I have.  Not quite sure what is happening for supper as I think James and Denzil will be out so it is just me in which case an omelette will do fine. I think we have fi…

Tuesday morning 12 days to go

Good morning all raining today but the washing is back in and dry.  Yesterday was a bit of a non day just fiddling and crocheting and doing my studies.  Denzil brought home a trifle and guess who ate it all what a pig and quite unlike me.  Anyway I thought I had better omit supper as I had rather over indulged but I then woke at 3am starving so I ate my two hard boiled eggs which were in the fridge and went back to bed and slept like the dead.  Its a good job that Dan barks if there is someone at the front door as I dont hear the doorbell.  Next thing I knew Denny was here and the day was underway.
Today I have some serious cooking to do as the Osso Bucco is now defrosted so it needs cooking and it will take a good couple of hours so I had better get my act together and get it underway.  Denny always starts with the kitchen so once she is out of it I go in and make a mess.  But first a shower and get dressed as I am still pottering around in my dressing gown.
Have a great day all

Monday morning 13 days and counting

Good morning all it is looking distinctly like rain this morning and guess what idiot left a load of washing on the line overnight and it has rained on it so it is all wet. The dilemma is, do I bring it in or leave it out for a further rinse.  Being lazy I think I will just leave it and hope it eventually dries.  I ordered a couple of pairs of trousers from cotton traders for my holiday and was absolutely delighted as they fit me like a glove.  Some times things go right and I am now happy that I have all that is required for our adventure.  It is still pretty hot in Montefino so it will be a bit of a shock to the system I think but the coast is not far away and the Adriatic is lovely and warm now.  I am very much a water baby and even went swimming on Christmas day in the Mediterranean when we were in Spain for the winter.

Not much to say today as I am just treading water at the moment only a few loose ends to tie up.  Have a good day all what ever you have planned.

Sunday morning

Good morning all I had a great night no barking dogs James had a word with our neighbours and gently pointed out just how much their dogs were distressing people in the road.  I think they may have kept them inside last night as it was lovely and quiet.  Our other neighbours are also very lucky or at least their cat is.  I was doing a tour of the garden and Dan was on my heels all the way when I discovered their cat in my greenhouse.  If Dan was the killer type dog that would have been curtains for the cat.  It leapt about three feet in the air hissing and spitting and trying to get out through the glass.  It was well and truly cornered fortunately Dan went into a perfect point poised to go in for the kill but the training kicked in when he was told in no uncertain terms to "leave".  A very useful command and well worth teaching it has saved many an item of food that I have dropped and in this case, the cat has eight lives left.  Had I not been there I think things might ha…

Saturday morning

Good morning all another glorious sunny day a bit chilly at 13 degrees but still lovely it rained overnight which is ideal but it does make it feel autumnal.  Yesterday I had a dash to Faversham to get coffee and while I was there I bought some other goodies I got some goose rillettes which is delicious spread on hot toast.  Then there was the cheese counter so I got a couple of bits a local goats cheese and a fresh pecorino [sheeps milk] then I hit the butchery department and came away with some veal cut for Osso Bucco, some pork chops from fat pigs and some sausages.  And most important of all a big beef bone sawn into pieces for the dogs who have been very busy ever since. The chops will be on today's lunch menu as Denzil will be home for lunch after his early start this morning.
It is a very good job I don't live close to the shop or I would be broke in no time they have such a tempting array of goodies.  I know that if they don't have the ingredient I am looking for …

Friday morning

Good morning all the sun is shining not a cloud in the sky it is a cool 14 degrees out side so perfect weather for me. August seems to have flown by and here we are in September which is often one of the best months of the year.  Only 17 days and I will be off on my adventure across Europe.  I think I have everything under control so not the time to panic yet. The part of Italy I am going to is currently suffering wild fires following the horrendous heat wave. They have had a dreadful year what with massive snow falls earth quakes and heat waves.  The one thing they will not suffer is flooding as my sister is in one of those pretty hill top villages.  When I went earlier in the year many of the roads were impassable due to landslides and earthquakes but hopefully, they have been repaired by now.

At some point, I will have to get a handful of euros for minor purchases en route.  It seems that the euro is almost equal to the pound so at least it will be easy to work out prices.  I have…