In July I flew back solo to the UK on a very special mission. I am not confident about flying on my own, but this time there was a strong incentive for me to do so. We had invited our grandson Aneurin to spend his summer holidays with us in Italy.
I was to stay in Wales for just under a week. My friend Ellen very kindly picked me up from the airport and it was lovely to spend some special time with her in Caldicot, where we used to live before moving to Italy.
I then visited family in Chepstow. Vicki and Tommy took me out to see the Bristol Harbour Festival which was a fun day out.
I then moved on to Cardiff where I stayed with Emma, Aneurin’s mum, for a few days looking after Aneurin and I was also able to catch up with some friends.
On my return flight I was to have company, and very good company Aneurin was too. He loved the flight and after we waited for the majority of the passengers to disembark Aneurin went up to the captain as he wanted to know how planes manage to fly. The Captain was so impressed by his enquiry that he invited Aneurin into the cockpit to sit in his seat so he could see all the controls.
We had a really busy summer with guests and our friends the White family from Northern Ireland staying with us. Aneurin enjoyed their company and playing with the girls in the pool.
Melinda in Minturno kindly organised a cookery lesson for Aneurin and Bethan to learn how to cook American pancakes. Aneurin especially liked the maple syrup.
The stunning view from Pat and Melinda’s apartment.
A pizza evening up on Pat and Melinda’s roof terrace in Minturno.
My cousins from London arrived to spend a week with us. It was so lovely to catch up with them as we all get on so well together.
Later in mid August Emma and Kay also came to visit.
There were fun days at the beach.
Endless games of Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and Connect Four.
Cuddling of dogs.
Washing of dogs.
Pizza of course.
Many meals “al fresco” with family and friends.
Celebrating Niamh’s A Level results.
Another wonderful meal at La Casareccia.
An evening out with the girls.
As you can see we all had a fantastic summer.
Thank you. Sending love and hugs to all xxx