Sunday, 24 April 2011

Canvas number 1: finished

Happy Easter everybody! Hoping you all got some sunshine like we did here in Milan. A and I totally failed on nearly all of Easter plans (mountains, no, church, no, Turin, no, Ikea, no) but ended up being super spontaneous and hired bikes at the park in Monza and went round and round aimlessly. So good to feel the wind in my hair again.

What's more I finally finished my canvas.

This painting is pure nostalgia for home. I miss England to the point when sometimes I feel like it will overwhelm me but still.... I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. A friend posted this quote of Keats on Facebook and it describes my feelings perfectly.

Happy is England! I could be content 
To see no other verdure than its own; 
To feel no other breezes than are blown 
Through its tall woods with high romances blent: 
Yet do I sometimes feel a languishment 
For skies Italian, and an inward groan 
To sit upon an Alp as on a throne, 
And half forget what world or worldling meant.

Friday, 22 April 2011

A cheeky bit of blogging

My friend Nikkichik has come to stay and as we all know a good host doesn't leave their guest unattended at 10am when the guest may want breakfast/tweezers/towels etc...

So why am I doing a cheeky bit of blogging? Because Nikkichik is one of those rare and excellent guests with a capacity to entertain and fend for themselves and coincidently can sleep past 11.

It's been so great having her here. I love the fact that she always arrives in a faint whirlwind of chaos and breathes fun and hyper into everything we do (yesterday's activities: shopping for dresses and shoes, picinic in the park, impressionists, ice cream, aperitivos, easter egg hunt).

She arrived on Friday with no phone at an airport along way from an unfamiliar city where she doesn't speak the language. I offered to meet her at the Duomo, but she reckoned no she could make it to my work unaided. I waited nervously. I checked my phone every so often even though I realised it would be useless.

But nevertheless there she was at my work ten minutes late but ready to go. She looked a bit surprised when she saw that I already had my jacket on and had locked up. "Ooh am I late? I don't have a watch."

Nikkichik is gradually dispensing with the modern trappings in life that the rest of us would find to be essential. First it was the phone, then the watch, she's also done away with the handbag and the purse (loose change in the boots and notes in the bra). Next she says the laptop's going.

I admire her but  I don't think I'll be following in her footsteps. I find all that stuff pretty useful for my job. Plus, you wouldn't believe the amount of change that fell out when I picked up her boots. How can she walk?!

Anyway, when she wakes up there's tea and cake awaiting her on the balcony.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

I just got a little more Italian

Look. I'm a proper Italian housewife!

Along with my new cleaning obsession I also recently made the best lasagne EVER!  I would make a great casalinga if I had more time.

It really was a masterpiece of vegetarian cookery.

I just got that little bit more Italian and it's not only my culinary skills that are benefiting. The other day I explained an Italian joke that used word play to A because he didn't get it.



(They were dancing to Shakira's 'Loca' with a goose- l'oca - sock puppet on their hand. I am so proud! )