We very much enjoyed Dad and Esmé’s stay, even though we were somewhat preoccupied with Deefer’s snake bite and final preparations as new guests that were to arrive shortly. During his holiday with us, we belatedly celebrated Dad’s 80th Birthday by holding a little “Afternoon Tea Party” here at “Tre Cancelle”, inviting a number of our friends.
That week we were all invited to visit my cousin’s in San Donato for lunch. Dad very much enjoyed meeting Antonella, after having read about her trials and tribulations regarding the Earthquake in L’ Aquila.
Peter was keen to explain to her that he had shared a similar experience. During the war, as a lad, he had been evacuated out of London, to stay with family in Exeter. However during this time the house they were living in was bombed during one of the German Baedeker raids. Dad had taken refuge in the house’s Morrison Shelter, and somehow managed to scramble out of the ruins and debris virtually unscathed.