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The Folly Revived – January Sun

At last then a long overdue catchup this time from St Lucia, where we are catching some rays and escaping from an English winter. I’ve never been to the a Caribbean before so it’s all new to me here and we have a lovely swim up room with our own little terrace.

Since October we’ve just done together stuff, like you do. We went to Vienna and Salzburg for a few days just before Christmas and Christmas itself came and went as it does. Pleasant enough but I was never really into Christmas and circumstances haven’t improved that, so post Christmas left us both a bit flat and this lovely break in the sun will recharge us.

I hardly dare say it but it looks likely that the apartment in France might actually become mine in not too long now. Only been waiting two years – the reason seemingly being inept English solicitors compounded with inept French ones.

So no dramatic changes, no disasters, just peaceful fun and happiness.



The Folly Revived- A Trip to Italy, part two

So this holiday was a dose of sunshine just because we could. We had a lovely room with its own terrace and a straight view across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius. Sorrento is actually the town in the distance, our hotel being in Sant’Agata in the hills behind. The food in the hotel was lovely and there was lots of it but we treated ourselves to a couple of meals out in the village. One night it seemed like the whole village was out watching Napoli playing in the Champions League. It’s a shame they didn’t score, we were looking forward to some Italian excitement. We did a lot of walking, climbed a lot of steps, ate ice cream and had an eventful trip to Naples on the train. It was lovely.

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The Folly Revived – A Trip To Italy, Part Two

I got home from Italy on Tuesday, just had time to wash my smalls, and then I was due back in Italy on Friday, this time to Sorrento for a very different kind of holiday. This second one was a lovely unexpected surprise with no choice of date because this time I was not going on my own. Worth never wanted me to live the rest of my life alone, he most certainly wouldn’t have done so if I’d left first. I still have moments, more so lately as there is a guilt thing lurking about, and sometimes it all hurtles back and there you are crying again, just for a minute or two, with no earthly reason why. But it soon passes and my “That was then, this is now” philosophy seems to get me through. I’m able to be very quick at judging what’s right for me these days and what’s wrong has to go, with great haste.

So my Special One is very right and of course, he has a Mini, but as he doesn’t live close we have days together then days apart, which is what we’ve been doing during the summer. I’ve known him vaguely for years and quite how it all happened is a mystery to both of us. I was only trying to be helpful after his wife died simply because I knew how bad people are after you lose your other half. He was not on Worth’s list of unacceptable companions for me ( oh yes, Worth had one, at least in his head. Failure to comply would have resulted in him haunting me 😳). It doesn’t seem right to drag him into this long saga but it’s my story too, so it’s enough that you know I have someone special by my side again.

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The Folly Revived – Secret Italy Day 6


Our early flight was delayed by the Ryanair luggage loaders not loading, (a mechanical fault) so we were an hour late leaving. It flashed through my mind that it was 9/11 ( 11th September to the rest of the world 😀) but that’s not a thing to dwell on while you’re on a plane. Leaving Marco Polo airport I got an enticing ( but shockingly grainy) view of Venice from the plane, but as it turns out this trip ended up being a recce for another trip, including Venice, that will happen next year. But that’s another story.

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The Folly Revived – Secret Italy Day 5


Our last day started with a visit to Bassano Del Grappa and it’s Grappa museum with tastings. Situated at the foot of the Alps, it is a stunning little town with wonderful views. We did a little Palladio villa hunting on the way, just for a quick look as a lot are privately owned, and ended up at Villa Sandi in Valdobbiadene for a tour and a tasting of Prosecco

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The Folly Revived – Secret Italy Day 3


Our destination today was Vicenza which was a lovely mix of mostly old and a bit of newer, lots of trees and quite like Venice in parts. On the way we spotted this lovely villa.

We had a guided tour to start then we were free to find our own lunch. I popped into the Theatro Olympico not knowing what to expect and found this wonderful place, Europe’s oldest indoor theatre.