Friday, July 08, 2005

Here we are in Tuscany!

Starting a blog can be so intimidating. Maybe I've already said everything there is to say. I've launched an avalanche of emails since we arrived; fired off in all directions in the first flush of excitement of actually being here. But a blog was promised and here it is.

Snowy & Dermott arrived on July 17. Flying all the way from Sydney by themselves and then confronting a big holdup in Milan, finally clearing customs and then travelling for five hours in a delivery van all the way from Milan to Castiglion Fiorentino. It was traumatic. Tony, their driver, shared his cheese sandwich with Snowy along the way. Dermott was too distressed to eat. They were both starving, filthy, skinny and exhausted by the time we met them at the town gates at midnight. It didn't take them long to realise we were in buy-back mode and they have been exploiting the situation ever since.

After breakfast in our garden we were soon all out and about exploring.

Most people here haven't seen an Old English Sheepdog before so the first response is usually shock followed quickly by a smile. Dermott is so outgoing he's made more friends than any of us. Seems to have a fine grasp of Italian too!

Twice a day we take them up to the old tower Torre del Cassero at the top of the hill. We usually stop by the wall to enjoy the view out over the Val di Chio. Eventually Dermott's curiosity got the better of him and he hopped up for a look too.

Back home it's usually time for an Italian lesson and then a siesta. Sometimes simultaneously.

1 comment:


Hi Robyn,
You left a comment on my "Donna Con il Violino Blu" sometime ago on Wetcanvas... and going through the comments and having a look around at what others are up to... well here I am right at the beginning of your Blog.

What brave people you are to have packed the bags embarking on this journey! WOW

Mum & Dad packed our bags many eons ago to return to their mother land... we (my brother & I) left Australia kicking & screaming!

We are back here in Aus now... but as an adult I have an appreciation of what life can be like there.

We stayed for 1 year and 2 months.
But I have been back on a number of occasions!

I will look forward to following your Blog...

Robyn are you & Hubby of Italian origin?

I would like to have you as a link on My Blog so I can keep up with this very interesting life you have!


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