It was an absolute delight to have my cousins Cathy and Jeff come and stay with us during the month of June. They had left Australia to visit family in the UK and spend to some time in Wales, a place Cathy loves dearly, where her parents were both born. Then prior to coming to us they had spent a couple of weeks on a farm in Umbria visiting old friends and helping to look after their flock of sheep. When they arrived here at Tre Cancelle they came with a wonderful Peccorino cheese which was utterly delicious.
It had been 16 long years since we had seen Cathy. These photos were taken on her last visit with her mother. Sadly Aunty Betty is now is in her 90’s and in a nursing home.
However it seemed like no time had passed at all as we all got on so well. Their visit coincided with that of our most frequent visitors, namely Kay and Elsie who are always good fun to be around.
My Aunty Betty and Uncle John had decided to emigrate to Australia in the 1960’s at the time when there was a scheme which encouraged the British to relocate to Australia. They were enticed by promises of employment and housing, a more relaxed lifestyle and a better climate. For the assisted passage adults had to pay just £10 each and children traveled for free. Such families became known as the “ten pound poms”.
I can remember that they came to stay with us at Woodside before the set off on their new adventure.
What an incredible experience it must have been for my cousins travelling around the world by ship.
The family eventually settled in Melbourne and there they made a good life for themselves.
So, back to the present …………..
Cathy is a superb cook and was keen to get into the kitchen.
She produced the most wonderful vegetable lasagne that I have ever tasted. “Delizioso !!!” “Squisito !!!” “Brava!!!”
Indeed we enjoyed some wonderful meals together out on the terrace “al fresco”.
Jeff is a very talented artist and he took me and Elsie up to the Bellavista, where there is a marvellous view of Itri and its ancient castle, to do some sketching – it was really enjoyable.
This is Jeff’s finished sketch. Just Beautiful !!!
This is another that he did of the view from our terrace.
Cathy and Jeff, Kay and Elsie kindly helped us around the place, weeding and watering the veggie patch, even helping to bath some of the dogs.
One day we drove down to the nearby coastline and we showed them some of the wonderous delights that Sperlonga offers. This is one of my favourite places and I always make sure I have my camera at the ready.
Looking down to the Grotto of Tiberius
and the Roman excavations and Museum.
Sperlonga’s beautiful sandy Levante Beach
We came across a newly wedded couple who were having their photos taken in the romantic setting of the old town.
“Che principessa !!!”
One evening we all went out to our preferred little restaurant that is tucked away in Campodimele – The “Casareccia”.
Maria’s dishes never fail to satisfy us.
So Cathy and Jeff, please don’t leave it another 16 years before we get to see you again.
We really hope it will be much sooner than that !!!
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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