I'm back! Wow what a month it's been since I last updated here.. There has been much change, some sadness, a difficult time for me - but I'm not going to dwell on that here- there is positive stuff to focus on too so I shall do just that.
My sister came back home with Andrew on August 10th, we set up the big screen in the living room to watch the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday and had a house full to enjoy it, Kaz was down to stay, Steve and my Parents joined us and we stayed up drinking until 5am, yikes.. The week that followed was lovely, despite the fact that I had to work - and on the 17th the 5 of us caught the 3pm flight from the beautiful Terminal 5 over to Roma. My apartment at San Gregorio was perfect, Rigs had bought loads of food and goodies for us and it was perfectly well set up for us all (well except for the dodgy cheese grater and the quite frankly tiny sink!!) the weather was the hottest it has been for the 10 years I have been going and the place was parched, but so dramatically beautiful all the same. We had a brilliant time, swimming, riding, generally having fun all together and getting in some well earned rest. It was so lovely to have friends come and stay too, Saf, Ram and the kids, and Kitty and Damon with their lovely little Reggie and also the Freeman family, as well as Mum and Dad, who really should have stayed longer. A fun time was had by all, in a fabulous setting with great friends there too.
Andrew and Zach were just amazing, so cute together but SO NAUGHTY!! One of their highlights was the day that we were invited over to a friend of Andrea's for aperativo, him and his boyfriend own a beautiful split level apartment at Montelcheschi - immaculate in every way - and they are soo very nice that a pre lunch drink ended up in a full on afternoon of much laughter.. anyway at around 2pm I went in to check on the little boys only to find the living room (where they had been watching ice age) eerily quiet.. I ventured up the stairs only to find the two of them starkers, in the bath tub sliding around covered in Garnier Fructis conditioner!!!!! The MORTIFICATION!!! Anyway, happily Sean and Stein were darling and found it very funny but Riggy and I nearly died! They pretty much spent the entire holiday at each other's side and had such fun. Teya was brilliant too, she conquered her breast stroke and her diving is fantastic. Her suntan is pretty enviable too. Was such a lovely time and we didn't want to come home. It was lovely that we spent that last day before flying home in Roma seeing the sights. Teya has done the Romans in school so bringing the history to life was very special indeed.
So, here are a few pics from our amazing time away - we all miss La Casella and its lovely people (esp Gabriella!) very much and look forward to returning very soon..