This and That

21 Jun

Summer has definitely arrived here in Northern Italy.
We’ve been enjoying temperatures in the high 30s with high humidity for the last few weeks.
From early morning to late evening we have all the doors and windows open letting a warm breeze blow through the house.
The fans have been on high speed in every bedroom during the night.
We all smell strongly of mosquito repellent.
The oven hasn’t been turned on in ages.
Dinner consists of salads, sliced meats, cheeses and melon.
The freezer is overflowing with every kind of popsicle, gelato, ice cream and freezie available.
Our home grown strawberries are ripe and ready to be eaten straight out the garden and still warm from the sun.
The heavy smell of the flowering jasmine plants that cover my neighbourhood is intoxicating.
The visits to the lake are getting more frequent.

Now all we have to do is get through these last two weeks of school and buy a new hammock and we’re off to the perfect start to summer.

Last week some good friends and I jumped in the car and escaped to Piemonte for a few days (we were in the charming town of Moleto where we visited last year).  We left the kids and husbands to fend for themselves and drove off into the sunset to enjoy some downtime amongst the vineyards.  We dined, we swam, we laughed (a lot), we chatted, we drank cocktails, we donned our fancy high heels, we went for walks and we just really enjoyed each other’s company.  And we decided that these little get-aways have to become more frequent in our lives because they feed the soul and give us a much needed rest from our daily grinds.  Many thanks to the husbands for their cooperation and understanding (even if they don’t know about our plans to do it more often yet).

When I was at The Hive European Blogging Conference in Berlin last month I participated in an amazing video workshop by the talented Kat from Zero The One.  At the end of the session she had us watch this beautifully shot video which made a serious impact on me and has been lingering in my thoughts ever since.  I actually have a very close family member going through a similar battle so it’s something that hits really close to home at the moment.   After watching it with my 11 year old daughters one of them said to me “Even if the story has something so sad about it I found it so beautiful at the same time”.  I have to wholly agree with her.  She then mentioned ” I didn’t even mind that he said the f-word a few times.  He deserves it.”.   Take a peek at the video and his blog here.

IMG_9228The other morning my friend sent me a message asking me to drop by for a tea and piece of cake.  This is what I was welcomed with.  I love my friends.

IMG_9233This cat has been living in our garden for the last few years.  She comes and sits at our kitchen door and waits for food every day.  We’ve named her FumoTre and we’re actually not even sure if she’s a she but nobody wants to check to make sure.  For some reason when she meows it sounds like she has a bad case of larygitis and we’re pretty sure she’s quite fond of us due to the amount of gifts she leaves us.


I read this article on the Top 22 Unbelievable Places That Are Hard to Believe Exist and have added quite a few of these destinations to my “must see” list.  The wisteria tunnel in Japan, the pink Retba Lake in Senegal and canola flower fields in China are just too stunning not to witness in real life.

Happy Week-End Everyone!


9 Responses to “This and That”

  1. Christy@SweetandSavoring June 21, 2013 at 14:38 #

    Love your description of summer life lately! I’m loving it over here in NY as well 🙂
    Also, I gasped when I looked at those “Hard to Believe Exist” places from around the world! It’s true, they’re just so beautiful. So is your visiting cat!

    • Jillian In Italy June 23, 2013 at 20:57 #

      I really want to visit every single place on that list. I guess we’ll have to start saving. Good to hear summer has arrived in NY as well!

  2. Stephanie June 22, 2013 at 09:51 #

    Wow, it must be really great to live where you live! Happy weekend!

    • Jillian In Italy June 23, 2013 at 20:58 #

      It is gorgeous here in the summer – although it can get really hot. Good thing for lakes! Come one down for a visit!

  3. giova brusa June 23, 2013 at 13:20 #

    Can I borrow those blue shoes?? Love them!! And yes, breaks are the best, it is the only way to get the batteries re-charged. Here I’m still wearing jackets and boots, the weather is grey, no ice-cream or popsicles. Enjoy the heat, it will be over soon 😉

    • Jillian In Italy June 23, 2013 at 21:00 #

      I love those shoes! Even if I end up being taller than just about any man I encounter! Sorry to hear about the crappy weather in A’dam. I’ll send good weather vibes your way.

  4. Abra July 17, 2013 at 14:02 #

    Oh please tell me who makes those gorgeous floral-banded tea cups and the black and white ones pictured with them! I’ve found myself immediately smitten!

    • Jillian In Italy July 17, 2013 at 14:22 #

      I’m pretty sure the floral cups are from Pip Studios (or it’s sister company Oilily). I’ll have to ask about the black and white ones!

      • Abra July 17, 2013 at 15:02 #

        Found them! They were indeed Pip Studios– thank you!

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