Fromage With Love

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Month: October, 2013

Postcards from Tuscany

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IMG_0863IMG_0865If I thought the first day of our walk was testing, I had no idea what was in store. Following on from the mind-blowing meal we had in Gambassi Terme the evening before, we had high spirits as we headed down the hill. Our target was San Gimignano, a mere 13km away, and we were set to arrive by lunchtime (which was keeping my belly quite happy).

Again the day was filled with sunshine and bountiful fields of green, which were occasionally smeared with a red cluster of poppies in the distance. On gravel paths and trodden down grass which tickled our knees we walked with our destination mostly in sight. Crossing babbling brooks and under cool shade I took as many mental snapshots as I could, drinking in each and every moment. I created a bank in my mind of these feelings as I knew, once home and sat once again at my desk with the pressure of deadlines and only glimpses of sunshine out windows I would crave the freedom and open air of Tuscany.

October

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October is my favourite month of the year. Not only are we in the full swing of Spring, but it’s officially a birthday bonanza. My best friend and my sister are both October babies, and that is barely scraping the top of the long list of cake-related festivities to attend. I guess the most significant thing about October though, is the fact that it’s my birthday, too!

The 17th of this month will see me be a year older and (fingers crossed) a little bit wiser too.

Lucky me, though, got a present a little bit early!

Buzz already got me a beautiful new camera lens a couple of months ago, which was a very early birthday present, but has made me a very happy photo taker. Stretching his generosity further, he decided there also needed to be a little October gift in there, too!

A little backstory: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is my all-time favourite book. It may have something to do with my love of tea or the colour blue, but more likely it’s just because it’s a brilliant story whatever point of your life you read it.

And so, when we saw this honey-pot terrarium with the White Rabbit and Alice inside, it was instantly the perfect gift and now has pride of place on my desk.

A very happy little lady right now!