I hope the new year has got off to a flying start for everyone!
My first post of 2018 is about someone who is realising a dream.......
Recently I had a big clearing out of books and I came across an exciting initiative in Abruzzo which proved to be the ideal solution for donating a few of my books in English.
The initiative was set up by an enthusisatic book lover, Giovanna G. who has created a small bookcrossing library for free. The objective is to take a book and donate a book so that the books are circulated by as wide an audience as possible. This involves trust and respect for each book.
I am delighted to have played a small part in this initiative, and the books I have enjoyed reading in the past, will now hopefully continue to touch other peoples' lives in some way.
Recently, Giovanna has started up another new and exciting library initiative in the local area, and she has been crowdsourcing the materials and doing creative fund-raising projects.
I hope to meet this amazing lady in person, and visit the new library in Villanova.
I wish her all the best for a wonderful 2018.
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Monday, 25 December 2017
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Thankfully this year was a good one for olives and we were delighted to have a bumper crop in November.
We picked each olive by hand over 5 solid days and the result was approximately 255 kilos, which was then converted at the local olive mill to about 55 litres of lovely 100% extra virgin olive oil.
A job well done!
Friday, 1 December 2017
In 2018 the Lake School of English will proudly be celebrating its 40th year as a hugely successful English language school in Oxford. This is an enormous achievement, and a glowing testimony to the two dedicated directors, Carmel and Susan, and each and every single member of the hardworking members of staff.
Link to Lake School page with more details of this special limited offer is here
Below a screenshot of the Instagram page with news of the outstanding success:
You can read more information on the Lake School of English News page here
A personal message of congratulations was sent to the school using one of my favourite comic tools.
If you wish to read more about the school and all it has to offer the discerning EFL student / teacher, then the website offers a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know.
Monday, 27 November 2017
A visit to Abruzzo should include a special trip to the medieval Castle of Roccascalegna, perched precariously high up on a steep rock cliff.
Image above courtesy of KRB
The article and images inspired us to see this beautiful castle for ourselves. So one bright sunny Sunday in mid October, we set off with great anticipation, and we weren't disappointed!
Below a view of the village from one of the open windows:
The castle was the dramatic location for some of the scenes from the movie 'Tale of Tales'.
Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tale_of_Tales_(2015_film)
You need a pair of sturdy walking boots to access the castle and its internal areas and you will not be disappointed when you see the stupendous views of the Abruzzo countryside from the top.
A little rest was needed after all the walking, and the seat below on the way down from the castle provided a pleasant moment of respite, despite a few wooden slats missing!!
After a leisurely walk around the ramparts, we followed the steps down and passed a few colourful paintings on gas covers such as the one below.
We had a lovely lunch at the nearby Il Corvo Restaurant. The gnocchi were excellent and the beautifully presented cheesecake was to die for!
During the winter months the castle is open on a Sunday.