Summer Time

In the last week it really feels like summer has begun here in Sicily. The weather is much warmer, obviously, but there are lots of other signs. I have just stepped outside to bring in the laundry from the line and the evening air was all soft and perfumed. The pace of life – never … More Summer Time


One of the really big differences I have noticed between Northern Italy and Sicily is the shopping experience. Whilst there were plenty of lovely markets and independent shops in Friuli, there seemed to be a supermarket on every street corner.  Most of my Italian friends shopped in Eurospar and Ipercoop so, despite having dreams of … More Shopping

Moody Skies

Some months ago, friends of ours from Northern Italy were relocating to Sicily.  They were talking about what they would take with them and what could possibly be left in storage. In my innocence I suggested that, as they were moving so far down South maybe they wouldn’t need all of their winter coats and … More Moody Skies


A funny thing happened on Sunday. We had spent the day feeling a little jealous of all of the pictures friends in the UK sent/posted of the snowfall there. Then, late in the evening we looked out of the window and saw this: Although there is usually plenty of snow on Mount Etna during the … More Brrr!

Autumn Colour

It has been quite a chilly October here in Friuli. Much colder than last year.  In the last week however, we have been blessed with the most amazing, bright, clear days which has meant the temperature has crept back up. Oh, it has been glorious to enjoy sunshine but have none of the clinging, sticky … More Autumn Colour

Autumn Light

Monday was a beautiful, clear bright Autumn day. We made the most of it by visiting some of our favourite haunts in Udine. The weather is still warm here but there is much less humidity and the mornings and evenings are quite fresh. I had to smile, this time last year in similar weather, I … More Autumn Light