Living in Colledimezzo. It’s the little things that make a difference.

I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The views are stunning.
For a couple of months I still felt like a fish out of water because I’d lived in Colorado for over 20 years. I knew my home town and surrounding areas very well so shopping, getting my hair done etc., was all a routine. Didn’t take any thinking about.
When I moved to Abruzzo, even though I’d vacationed here for a couple of years, I had to find a new routine. New places to shop, get my hair done. Quite a task. I over thought everything!!!!
It’s nice to go grocery shopping in the nearest town when I need to, but…our village has a small grocery store which stocks everything from fresh fruit and veg to wine! I decided to try the hairstylist in the village. She’s really good, I’ll stick with her. I ran out of eye creme (a girl has to have a good eye creme), so I thought I’ll give the local pharmacy a try…guess what. The nice young man who tested me for COVID when I arrived, and fills my prescriptions, is also comfortable talking about eye contours, and found just what I needed!
Not bad for a village of a little over 500 residents. The simple things make all of the difference.

Style of the Season


A friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook this morning and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I sat down with my coffee and let the memories come flooding back. I owned the dress with the bow on the waist, and actually described it in my book Ghosts on the Sand
My mum didn’t buy the dress, but made it for me. It was in this exact same color. Of course it didn’t look quite like this on me, I was five years old, and wore it to present a bouquet to a very important lady. The occasion was the Grand Opening of a village hall in a small village in County Durham where I lived.
Curiosity made me google the Village Hall, which was built in the early sixties, and I’m happy to say it still stands.
I wonder if anyone remembers the little girl in the yellow dress?