Loving unexpected days off school

An unexpected ‘ordinanza’ from the mayor closing the school due to heating problems means an unexpected day off school for us! For a lot of mums this means a lot of organising for last minute childcare – luckily for us, it just means stolen moments of fun and family time. And who says we’re not learning?…

Our activity today included craft, nature, maths and biology. It was to make bird feeders for our garden. I obviously, liking all things chic, wanted something nice. What I got were two plastic bottles with twigs poking out of them and filled with bird seed…plus two happy faces!

Welcome to the new look blog

Although the old blog was functional, it never did look as pretty as I wanted it to, so here I am moving to WordPress in the hope that I can make the blog look and feel as good as it does in my head. The past four years of our adventures in Abruzzo are on here too or can still be found on metheboysandouradventures.blogspot.it for the time being.

As ever there will be ramblings on our daily life as British immigrants here in Italy, sharing our experiences bad and good, talking about our mini adventures and all the lead up to the big year long RTW trip with our ‘bimbi’, scheduled to begin in September 2018. I’d love to hear your comments on what you think!

A very Jamie dessert…

With Uva Fragola (Strawberry Grapes) growing in the garden and homemade grappa from our friends neighbour it felt rude not to add chocolate and try Jamie’s dessert recipe. Our impatience, however, meant we skipped the freezing the grapes stage  😑 #cheekytuesday

Hillwalking Heaven!

I thought it was time to make the most of the Autumn sunshine and the perfect conditions for tackling a mountain, so on Tuesday I headed up to the peak of Monte Mattone via Rifugio il Lago.

Sitting at 1515m alt it is not, by far, the highest mountain on our doorstep but the views are 360 degree spectacular and well worth the 900m+ climb. To top it off, I took with me my own personal mountain guide and author of the Cicerone guide Walking in Abruzzo (above), the formidable Mr Stuart Haines. Thank you Stuart for the company! Enjoy the photos…

In the footsteps of wolves…wolf pooh anyway!

Where we’ve come from.

Where we’re headed.

Good view of the peak.

Nice spot for a bbq.

…or to fill up on water.

Rifugio Il Lago

The view!

The formidable Mr Haines!

At the summit cairn just to prove I did it!
Spot of sunbathing at 1400m+ anyone?!



Giant Funghi.

Highlights of 2015 #5 – Community spirit at its best

Ecological day in our comune means literally getting your hands dirty. What a great time we had meeting neighbours and cleaning up our community at the same time – I am still shocked by how much rubbish people dump, surely by 2015 most people have heard of a bin?

Like anything here in Abruzzo, time spent together is not truly time spent wisely unless it involves good food and wine at the end of it. Thank you Mr Mayor for personally inviting us along!
All picked up from the side of the road!

Team Casa Faiella/Vallecorvo

Still at it

Here comes the pasta!

The youngsters causing trouble again.

Seconds…don’t mind if I do! 
The Kitchen Squad
Enough Sausages?
La Griglia
Mr Mayor among his people
W.I. – You’d be proud! 
The Coffee Boy

Getting the kids to eat veg!

What to do with all the courgette…mmm…inspired by the lovely Hilary Lewis this is possibly my favourite way to eat this abundantly available veg from our garden – it has chocolate in it (well I added extra chocolate chips), what more can I say, anything with chocolate in it is good, right?
What do you do with yours?
Recipe from BBC Good Food here: Chocolate Courgette Cake