Persistence Pays

It is very easy to focus on the beautiful and charming here in Sicily.  There is a such a lot of it. We live in Mascalucia, a peaceful village within a short distance of  the city of Catania. I have to admit though, we really struggled with Catania when we first arrived.  The dirt, the … More Persistence Pays

Feeling the Blues

All of a sudden, like the flick of a switch, Sicily has snapped into summer mode. Spring, so far, has been a pretty poor affair so it has been good to watch everything come back to life. The granita sellers are back on the street.  I will have to write more about Sicily’s answer to … More Feeling the Blues


As I mentioned in my previous post, my parents and little brother came to visit last week.  It was a good opportunity for us to have a really good look around the island on which we live. Until now, we have actually done very little exploring so we relished the chance to explore a little … More Exploring

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

Viennese Colour

We have spent most of this week in the beautiful city of Vienna.  We’d had to visit London at the weekend and, given that there are fewer direct flights to London from Catania, we thought we would make a virtue of having to connect and have a short holiday. Despite living a few hours drive … More Viennese Colour


We are settling into Sicilian life very well.  Moving from North Eastern Italy to here is really like moving to another country. The culture and way of life is so very different to what we have become used to. Most of the changes we have been happy to embrace….with the exception of the driving.  Oh … More Arancini

Catalonian Colour

As mentioned before, Mr Stitches and I made a brief visit to Barcelona last month.  I always feel nervous about visiting somewhere of which I have heard nothing but glowing praise.  Will it really be as good as everyone says it is? I am pleased to say Barcelona far exceeded our expectations….and a little more. … More Catalonian Colour

A Woman of Letters

A couple of weeks ago, before the relocation mayhem started, we took a trip to Spain.  Mr Stitches’ parents recently moved there after retiring and we thought we would pay them a visit. We flew to Barcelona and stopped there for a couple of days.  So much inspired me creatively there that I think I … More A Woman of Letters