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Monday, 12 April 2010

Desperately seeking ... nice neighbours

Only 7°C this morning at 8:30am. Grey and a little rainy. Last night's more sustained rain brought snow to Cannobio's own Monte Giove and all the surrounding peaks. I'm looking sideways at the romaine, rucola and zucchine that I planted amid 25°C and sunshine last Saturday. I'm also looking sideways at the grass that's sprung up in the rain, and thinking about oiling the weed-whacker.


A beautiful Carmine Superiore house has this morning gone on the market. It's a rare opportunity to buy a lovely cottage-style property with two bedrooms, large kitchen, separate sitting room, cellar and a lovely open terrace - of which I'm very envious - with magnificent views of Lago Maggiore and the surrounding countryside. The agent is Marlis Zanetti in Cannero, although the property is so new to the market it hasn't even made it to the website yet. Give them a call - English, French, Italian and German spoken fluently.


However.


Those without Nice-Neighbour Certificates need not apply. In order to qualify for a Nice-Neighbour Certificate you will need letters proving the following : 
  • You have passed the International Plumbers' Association advanced septic-system maintenance course and sworn an oath in front of a judge that you will never stuff your toilet with sanitary towels or flush out the shared septic ecosystem that I have spent the last eight years balancing with bleach, lye or caustic potash. 
  • Your face knows how to form itself into a smile whenever one of your neighbours passes by.
  • You promise to good-naturedly tell hikers the way to Cannobio, Cannero or Viggiona, even if they're standing slap bang in front of the signpost. 
  • You have enough money or brawn to transport building refuse down the hill instead of dumping it in the woods. 
  • You promise to learn a courteous answer to the perennial tourist question, "How do you get your shopping up here if there's no road?" in at least four languages, including one non-European one, and to always smile while exercising that skill.
  • You understand that a continuous supply of freshly-laid Carmine eggs delivered magically to your doorstep can be assured by the occasional bottle of crémant d'Alsace propped by the side of the chicken coop - those bionda piemontese do like a drop of the old fizzy stuff after they've just laid.
Nice-Neighbour Certificates can be obtained from Louise, Carmine Superiore, Italy. Administration fee, a case of crémant d'Alsace, a large carton of Swiss or Belgian chocolate or this year's Booker shortlist in hardback. Applicants with strapping teenage relatives capable of wielding a weed-whacker and willing to do so in return for English lessons will be given preferential treatment.


PS The outgoing owners have enough Nice-Neighbour Certificates to paper the walls of their wonderful little house three times over. We'll miss them!



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds just wonderful!

Lady Fi said...

Blogger thought I should leave an Anonymous comment - but the oh-how-wonderful comment was mine!

Louise | Italy said...

Hi LadyFi - dangerous, that - I don't read anonymous comments as a matter of principle!

LindyLouMac said...

Nice Neighbour Certificates - love it.
By the way you are right it has turned much colder again!

Brandon said...

It would be a dream come true. If I had the means, I would purchase the house immediately - a beautiful view and a lovely home.

V. said...

I'm on my way.

Karin said...

I can dream can't I! But alas......sigh.....

McVal said...

I'll buy it! However houses aren't selling very well in our neck of the woods these days, so we're probably stuck. Our neighbors house has been on the market for some time, so I'll pray for a good neighbor certificate for the new owners, if it ever sells...

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

It sounds wonderful! I hope the new neighbors are charming, helpful, conscientious, etc.!

Brenda said...

Those requirements sound rather stiff. . .don't know if I'm good enough! ;)

- Suzie - said...

Hi there,
lovely idea. Let me know if it works. Must be a great neighbourhood - especially with you around !

Actually, I met my lovely Italian neighbour and now friend, who is living in my street - not in the street - but through my blog!

Have a good day with hot coffee or tea (same here).

Joy said...

Hope you get the perfect new neighbors. It's hard to see a good one go. We've been blessed with good friendly neighbors and one is now moving to Connecticut. Makes me nervous.
♥ Joy

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Hi..I’m Barb from Fri. Follow. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Desperately seeking ... nice neighbours

Only 7°C this morning at 8:30am. Grey and a little rainy. Last night's more sustained rain brought snow to Cannobio's own Monte Giove and all the surrounding peaks. I'm looking sideways at the romaine, rucola and zucchine that I planted amid 25°C and sunshine last Saturday. I'm also looking sideways at the grass that's sprung up in the rain, and thinking about oiling the weed-whacker.


A beautiful Carmine Superiore house has this morning gone on the market. It's a rare opportunity to buy a lovely cottage-style property with two bedrooms, large kitchen, separate sitting room, cellar and a lovely open terrace - of which I'm very envious - with magnificent views of Lago Maggiore and the surrounding countryside. The agent is Marlis Zanetti in Cannero, although the property is so new to the market it hasn't even made it to the website yet. Give them a call - English, French, Italian and German spoken fluently.


However.


Those without Nice-Neighbour Certificates need not apply. In order to qualify for a Nice-Neighbour Certificate you will need letters proving the following : 
  • You have passed the International Plumbers' Association advanced septic-system maintenance course and sworn an oath in front of a judge that you will never stuff your toilet with sanitary towels or flush out the shared septic ecosystem that I have spent the last eight years balancing with bleach, lye or caustic potash. 
  • Your face knows how to form itself into a smile whenever one of your neighbours passes by.
  • You promise to good-naturedly tell hikers the way to Cannobio, Cannero or Viggiona, even if they're standing slap bang in front of the signpost. 
  • You have enough money or brawn to transport building refuse down the hill instead of dumping it in the woods. 
  • You promise to learn a courteous answer to the perennial tourist question, "How do you get your shopping up here if there's no road?" in at least four languages, including one non-European one, and to always smile while exercising that skill.
  • You understand that a continuous supply of freshly-laid Carmine eggs delivered magically to your doorstep can be assured by the occasional bottle of crémant d'Alsace propped by the side of the chicken coop - those bionda piemontese do like a drop of the old fizzy stuff after they've just laid.
Nice-Neighbour Certificates can be obtained from Louise, Carmine Superiore, Italy. Administration fee, a case of crémant d'Alsace, a large carton of Swiss or Belgian chocolate or this year's Booker shortlist in hardback. Applicants with strapping teenage relatives capable of wielding a weed-whacker and willing to do so in return for English lessons will be given preferential treatment.


PS The outgoing owners have enough Nice-Neighbour Certificates to paper the walls of their wonderful little house three times over. We'll miss them!



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds just wonderful!

Lady Fi said...

Blogger thought I should leave an Anonymous comment - but the oh-how-wonderful comment was mine!

Louise | Italy said...

Hi LadyFi - dangerous, that - I don't read anonymous comments as a matter of principle!

LindyLouMac said...

Nice Neighbour Certificates - love it.
By the way you are right it has turned much colder again!

Brandon said...

It would be a dream come true. If I had the means, I would purchase the house immediately - a beautiful view and a lovely home.

V. said...

I'm on my way.

Karin said...

I can dream can't I! But alas......sigh.....

McVal said...

I'll buy it! However houses aren't selling very well in our neck of the woods these days, so we're probably stuck. Our neighbors house has been on the market for some time, so I'll pray for a good neighbor certificate for the new owners, if it ever sells...

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

It sounds wonderful! I hope the new neighbors are charming, helpful, conscientious, etc.!

Brenda said...

Those requirements sound rather stiff. . .don't know if I'm good enough! ;)

- Suzie - said...

Hi there,
lovely idea. Let me know if it works. Must be a great neighbourhood - especially with you around !

Actually, I met my lovely Italian neighbour and now friend, who is living in my street - not in the street - but through my blog!

Have a good day with hot coffee or tea (same here).

Joy said...

Hope you get the perfect new neighbors. It's hard to see a good one go. We've been blessed with good friendly neighbors and one is now moving to Connecticut. Makes me nervous.
♥ Joy

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Hi..I’m Barb from Fri. Follow. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well.