As the chestnuts ripen in the trees and the acacia leaves start to yellow, it's time to gird my loins for the daily term-time grind - two journeys down the hill and two journeys up every day. (At least, every day we don't have swine 'flu, normal 'flu, a common cold or a stomach bug.)
The 77 days of the summer holidays have flashed by in a flurry of beach towels and baby wipes, of sparkling aperitivo fizz and sunshine on the water. We took breaks in three different countries - England, Switzerland and Germany, and it rained in them all. We came home to Carmine, and the sun rewarded us.
We celebrated special birthdays with our friends and family...
...and got some new perspectives on life and Carmine...
We practised our writing...
and our 'music' rocked the Rock.
We met some interesting characters in our summer livestock research programme...
...and, for two weeks, we played host to Clothilde, the hen with the gammy leg. Clothilde spent her time in recuperative pursuits, such as reading...
It went on to be pretty hot. Hot in July. Hot also in August, when normally things are starting to cool off, and now in September it's warm and dry, dry, dry. July's evening thunderstorms were punctuated by our annual hail storm...
splashing about in Carmine's old lavatoio...
...and we finally had proof, if proof were needed, that it's not paradise without a snake...
So today, I'm shaking myself, packing school bags, ironing in name labels and wriggling under beds for swimming kit and gymn shoes - just like any other mother.
And I wonder to myself what it is the children will remember of summer in Carmine Superiore 2009.
This is brilliant, the best yet, what a story. I will be keeping this to read over and over again.
Really entertaining - have already read it several times. One of the best blogs you have written. Especially liked the last comment...........!!
Wonderful tribute to summer. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
Just one detail was a little difficult - this mother doesn't iron! I just write in the kids' names with indelible pen!
Forgot to say: the kids will probably remember swimming and ice cream - lots of ice cream!
I hope you will keep this to remind your kids how lucky they were to grow up in a place like that.
I guess they'll remember an idyllic childhood.
Looks like you had a wonderful summer!
Loved your post and the beautiful photos. Enjoyed the chicken reading, LOL!!! What a joy it was to read your story - a delightful whirlwind tour through your summer!--- Oh my, and I miss my accordion! What memories that brings back for me.
What a wonderful overview of your summer. I'm sure your kids will remember carefree times of joy and security. Wonderful way to raise them.
Summer goes by all too quickly, no matter which part of the world you live in.
Just the photographs of that hen doing her "reading" and exercise and thieveing and leaving a reward is a story in itself. If you add the stories about the (late) bully - omitting the slaughtering bit - you have a best-seller!
Today being rainy and cold, it was the perfect time to read your summertime memories and feel once again lazy summer days filled with children's laughter. I think it that one thing that makes it seem so carefree.
Just to clarify, what exactly is yours now? The door itself, or the house that the door goes with? (I ask because many times old doors, furniture and little outcasts from other homes, find a new abode here after being treated. So it would not have been unusual if it were just the door....) Bev
Hello Bev, Yes, I've seen these things sold separately too. Mostly to foreigners with a hankering for the antique! What we bought was the baita that goes with the door, and the beautiful garden that goes with it.
Is this another place that you bought - or the house with memories but no heating in the bathroom is finally officially yours?
It's a different place, a small tumbledown shepherd's cottage on the outskirts of the village. We've been borrowing it for the last few years, and it's home to our chickens.
Great remembrance of the summer. I think back to what I remember about childhood summers and hope I make each one a great memory for the children.
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