Monday, 20 July 2009

All Together Again....

Not been on for a while - well, nearly 2 months to be exact! No particular reason other than laziness! My mum always made me write to my relatives who lived far away - I hated doing it! I could never think of anything to say! Now it isn't that things haven't been happening here - we were back over in Spain at the end of May, my Mother-in-Law, who featured briefly in my blog last year, died at the grand old age of 83 back at the start of May, I have made new friends over here, some of which I have been surprised by! What else? Not a lot, nothing that would be of mind blowing interest anyway on a blog - or so I believe! More than anything I am spending more and more time on Facebook...I find it more immediate and a better way to keep in touch with my family, which was the initial reason for starting this blog, as well as to generally talk about my life here in Florence. Also an expat blog isn't exactly ground breaking stuff - every expat seems to do one at some point, so unless you have a USP you are going to get lost in the crowds! I know mine is read, but I genuinely don't know by how many people, I track traffic flow but not numbers!

Anyway, back to the title. The summer holidays have started, just over 3 weeks ago in fact. Alex is here until the start of September and Antonia until the middle of September. My OH is coming over every other week, except next week when we will go over to him in Spain. So far we have taught Antonia to ride her bike without stabilisers, met up with quite a few friends, visited the Crystal exhibition at La Specola - small, but very good if you are interested - visited Galileo at Palazzo Strozzi - most of the exhibits are from the Science museum, which is pretty empty because of this, so if you were planning on a visit there, don't, go to the Strozzi instead! We've seen a few films, the new HP among them (Star Trek is better...), Antonia has been to the ballet in the Boboli gardens with her dad, dressed up to the nines, we have been to the beach and out for a celebratory meal for my OH's birthday plus a trip to I Gigli for his presie. So this first 3 weeks have been pretty busy. The temperatures are high but that is summer!! Hopefully I will return with an update and some photo's before September!

5 comments:

courtneyb said...

I love reading your blog. I feel like I'm talking with you, it reminds me of our chats and makes me miss you!

em said...

yay, finally! I know your goings on don't seem interesting enough to post, but they are for us readers. I want to see a pic of Antonia from the ballet! Not sure if you've put them on FB but I'll check. Hey, it's summer time....you're allowed to take a break, even from blogging, BUT it's still nice to hear what you've been up to. (PS - it's been an average of 20 degrees here, and rainy two out of three days. I'd give anything for a hot summer in Florence!)

Alyson said...

37 today!!! There are some photo's of the ballet on Antonia's blog I think....I have the video of her summer show, but I won't inflict that on you just yet....The Christmas one is definitely on Face book though!

Anonymous said...

Hello Alyson, we're now landed in Firenze and nearly unpacked. I've lost your contact details though - what is the best way to be in touch? as I'd love to pick up on all your local knowledge.
With best wishes, Alison

Alyson said...

Hi Alison try me thru Facebook. I'm pretty much the only Alyson Joy Long! Speak soon!

Em I will update after summer now!