Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Some sad news

On Easter Monday, the lady from whom we bought Casa Grotta, Ida, passed away. She was 95. She was a lovely, vivacious woman whom we had met several times over the purchase of her house. The penultimate time we saw her was when her grandson invited La D and myself to a family celebration for the completion of the sale. There were about 14 of us altogether. We went to an Agriturismo, owned by some friends of the family and had lunch. It started at 12:30 and we left at just after 5! It was absolutely brilliant. Ida was like a little bird, very tiny, and she had piercing blue eyes and a mischievous smile.
She was very taken with la D because of La D’s light, almost blonde hair, and the fact that La D was about twice as tall as her.
We saw her once more after that when she had come over to see a neighbour and as she saw that we were here, we weren’t living here then, just on holiday, she popped in. We showed round the house and the small changes we had made outside, like knocking the pig house down and a couple of other out-buildings so we vastly improved the view from the back of the house. She thought it was good and praised us for it.

Over here, when someone dies, posters are put up normally within 24 hours after death announcing some details about the funeral. I saw it on Tuesday as I had to nip into Penna, but when I got back La D told me that Ida’s great-granddaughter had e-mailed us with the news and said that if we could get to the funeral to say goodbye to Ida, the family would love to see us.
So we have just come back from the funeral. It’s a lovely church in the middle of Penna. There was a good turnout and the family was really pleased we had come to pay our respected. Ida’s granddaughter told La D that Ida often mentioned and talked about us. She was very fond of us and was genuinely pleased we were going to live in her house. We too were glad we went.

2 Out of 3 Ain’t Bad

We now have two of the Three Degrees Mk II laying eggs daily. Superb. Hopefully by next week we should be on full production.

Ciao, mantenere la fede

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