The Good: vacation during lavender season in Provence. It was the most memorable trip to France since we like lavande so much, and doing a full day of lavender with the “kids” was a highlight. The westie behaved a perfect petite chienne!
The Bad: the most uncooperative spring weather with unexpected snow in late May. It axed all hope of starting a garden from seed, and for once we weren’t swimming in homegrown plums, zucchini, peppers or tomatoes.
The Ugly: not being able to go “home” for a visit. This is probably the biggest lament for all expats of any nationality, but each penny saved brings us a little bit closer to the islands.
And the new year? – more sagre, feste, italian traditions, where-in-Italy weekends, and with any luck, hiking and gardening if next spring is a good one. See you in 2014!