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Monday, April 5, 2010





It poured with rain for most of the day yesterday so the weather was an absolute washout for Easter Sunday. We were lucky in that the weather did not spoil our celebrations with our neighbours. Joining them soon after 12.30pm and not returning home until late evening it was a very long but enjoyable day. Mentally exhausting though having to speak Italian all the time! Once again Annuziata produced a veritable feast of six courses plus coffee, starting with her lasagne, one of the best we have ever tasted. We then progressed through lamb and mushrooms, followed by chicken and mouth watering roast potatoes that were cooked in olive oil in the pizza oven. Finishing the meal with salad, fruit, columba cake and coffee. The afternoon spent mainly around the table passed quickly as the conversation flowed, along with the wine.

For supper we were treated to some of their home produced pork cooked over the open fire.

Today when I woke just before 8am it was pouring with rain, although as I have been writing it has gradually brightened up and the sun is now trying to shine. This is good news as today in Italy is a Bank holiday known as Pasquetta or Little Easter. Traditionally today after the rituals and elaborate feasts of Easter Sunday, many Italians celebrate with a picnic in the country side.

The weather is forecast to be sunny and much warmer again tomorrow, typical after the Bank holiday.

Weather Forecast for April 6th

I did not take any photos yesterday as the weather was just too depressing and I was not in the right frame of mind to do so. This morning however I have just ventured outside to photograph this beautiful iris I spotted from the window. 

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It was 11am and the temperature was 10C, so I think I will be staying in doors for the rest of the day!


  1. Oh wow. That iris is SO lovely. I am so glad you have one more day off to celebrate! Are you going to go on a picnic? Have a happy day in Italy!

  2. Oh My Gosh LindyLouMac Sweetie...
    Sounds like you had a wonderful day of feisting. Everything sounded mouth watering, and oh to speak Italian, what I wouldn't give to be able to speak that language. It is so beautiful. Me being an old country gal, I can't roll my tongue so sadly I don't think I could make it as a student. Living her in Phoenix, our DIL is Hispanic, and she speaks Spanish, our son speaks it fluently, he told me to give up, I was crucifying the language, I gave up. I just can't roll my tongue.

    Your iris is so beautiful right down to the droplets on the petals. I have always loved these flower bulbs. Grandma had them in her yard, Moma transplanted some into her yard and still plants new ones every year. How beautiful they are. I love the bluish purple and the yellows ones also. This white one is so elegant. Thank you for sharing with me.

    Enjoy your special holiday today. I am back to work. Do something fun for me okay?

    Country hugs and much love...Sherry

  3. Even with the weather, I'm still terribly jealous! This will be me too next year.............*big cheesy grin*...

  4. Lovely photos as ever. Happy Easter - you must be exhausted after that feast!

  5. Buona Pasquetta!
    It rained here too, something about the Easter holidays and rain... talk about honoring tradition!

    Eleonora xx

  6. ciao,I am finally getting around to blog reading again and figured it was way past time to visit your's and say hi. Been enjoying your comments and appreciate your interest in our little adventure. Looking forward to our trip to your part of alto-Lazio soon. Will let you know....ciao from the library........;)

  7. Buona Pasquetta & Tanti auguri, Lindy carissima. It is raining here, and our temperature dropped suddenly 12Celcius since last day. Local news forecasted that it will be back to 20's from the day after tomorrow as past weeks.
    Stunning photos, I LOVE iris very much, both blue and white.

  8. Life with Kaishon - No picnic, too cold:(
    Sherry - I was pleased with the iris photos :)
    QJ - You bet!
    Susie - Thanks yes exhausted, not just the excess of food but the talking!
    Eleonora - Typical BH weather in fact.
    Carol - Thanks for calling by, I am enjoying your Blog, especially as you are nearby :)
    Nihal - Thankyou for your kind comments.

  9. Now that was truly an Easter feast! :o)

    In my part of Spain (Alicante) Easter Monday is also a holiday, it's called Lunes de Pascua or Lunes de Mona, and people traditionally organise a picnic lunch in the countryside or on the beach (it's also when people first start dipping their toes in the water).


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