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The Folly Revived – Moving on. Gothenburg 15-18th March

Firstly, my apologies for a very overdue catch up on my life. I am very happy and content in Beastie Folly, travelling quite a lot, eating cake wherever we can and generally enjoying life, because that’s what it’s there for. At the moment I am invigilating exams most days so I only really get up to mischief at weekends. Today it is a cold, wet day in June and the perfect chance to write up some stories.

We decided we would like to see Andrea Bocelli and rather than wait for him to come to UK, we sought him out somewhere more interesting. So Gothenburg it was. Our hotel had been a palace in the past; it was a lovely building.The first day we spent exploring and soon discovered it was a very expensive place. We wandered around and found cosy tea rooms and the tropical house in the park. It wasn’t as cold as we thought it might be but it was a long way from warm, so tea,coffee and cake made a welcome stop (we shared this one, it had some kind of almond goo in the middle).We dressed up and treated ourselves to a glass of champagne before the concert on Saturday night. It was a very big arena and although we did enjoy it, we decided we would like to see him again in a more intimate setting if we get the chance.Sunday was forecast to be a cold day, getting worse and wetter. It was and did, so after a brisk walk to an old look out tower, we scuttled into the museum. I’m not much of a museum person but this place was very good and kept us amused for a few hours, well until tea and cake time. 😁 Then it was the last day and back home to the land of wine at less than £10 per glass.


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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