God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Monday, August 17, 2009


Well, we are back and just about, almost, maybe recovered from the flight which was a bear. I have decided that Lufthansa employees are too often unpleasant, unhelpful and not overly competent. We were flying United but needed to use Lufthansa to get from Florence to Frankfurt. The woman there managed to create problems that carried with us throughout all three legs. This was the third negative Lufthansa woman we met on this trip. But....that was then and this is now and we are enjoying our home and yard which really are quite lovely. It's good to be here.

Now the amazing part. Last entry I mentioned that I bought some ceramiche in Florence a week ago--last Wednesday--just 6 days ago. It arrived today before I was even thinking about when it might get here. What a surprise when two large boxes were delivered early in the morning.

So, for those of you who wanted to see what caught my eye, here it is.

This is an old roof tile which has been painted. We have two already on the fence in the back yard and needed a third.

Bowl and oil Cruet

Another view of the bowl.

I am even more pleased with these pieces than I was when I saw them in the store in Florence. I know they are going to provide enjoyment over the years. Maybe I'll get more....


Diane said...

Beautiful pieces, I know you will get a lot of enjoyment from them. and...welcome home!

Barbara said...

Glad youmeade it home safe and sound. AS far as the airlines go, I think the friendly and/or competent employees are - the management doesn't really care one way or the other, as long as they get our money!

The tile is beautiful -is that a snail? for the slow travelers???

And I lovelovelove the design on the bowl and cruet - relaly, really gorgeous! Another successful shopping expedition - Brava!

Vicky said...

Love the roof tile!!
Welcome home.

Jane said...

Thanks, friends. Barb, hadn't thought of the snail being slow travel but maybe I'll pretend that I did. I realized yesterday that this tile is smaller than the other two so guess it will need to be positioned in the middle.

Vicky, I really like the tiles too--so authentic.

Brad'll Do It said...

Welcome home. Our thoughts on returning from Italy last month were: "Re-entry Sucks"! We have the hardest time adapting to the food, the attitude, and working for a living. At least you don't have to deal with the last part. Bentornato!

Sheena said...

Welcome home Jane. I love the new purchases, especially the muted colours of the roof tile.

I have never seen these in Italy, can you share the source?

It sounds as though you are happy to be home, a lovely way to return from a trip.

Linda of Ice Tea For Me said...

They're beautiful.

Jane said...

Brad, I totally understand how you two are feeling. We felt that so much it hurt when we came home after our year there. Last year coming home was hard, too. But, this year, although leaving was hard, we don't have the deep longing to be there. I guess because we now know that we just go back and forth and both places have their own positives and fulfillments.

Sheena, really you can find the tiles many places--I see them not infrequently. We got our first two in San Gimignano and this last one in Florence at the link in the entry just before this one. They are great for outdoor decorations.

Linda, thanks for liking them. I think they are beautiful, too.

Sandrac said...

Jane, your ceramics are beautiful. And aren't they fun, yet practical, to collect? I also love that tile!

Rebecca said...

I love those! I'm keeping that store on my list for next summer.

Gail Hecko said...

Jane, sorry I missed you this trip! With the excitement of being here, and the heat (omigosh, the HEAT), I didn't get much accomplisheed last week.

I also love my life in both worlds, so going "home" (whichever one!) is always fine. And, I have the fortunate joy of knowing I'll return soon.

Right now I'd give a lot for the joy of some air-conditioning!

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