Buttercup & Gidget

Gidget waiting for her coffee

Gidget waiting for her coffee

Buttercup waiting for her walk

Buttercup waiting for her walk

G doesn’t like me taking pictures of her, so the dogs get their portraits done today.  Why is everyone so serious?

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Friends of a Friend

Sometimes your friends’ friends make you scratch your head and ask, “How could *they* be a friend of [ insert good friend’s name here].  But other times the head scratching is about why you’ve never met the friend of your friend before.

We had THE BEST time with Natalie and Bernie, who until the moment they arrived were only friends of a friend.  After a quick 24 hour stay with us, however, we’re now like family.  We had a great time – seafood for lunch down at the sea, then dinner back at Tutto Doppio, with lots of talking and shared chores in between – that came to an end all too quickly.

In fact, we were having so much fun that we forgot to get a picture of Bernie.  Either that, or he’s in the Federal Witness Protection Program.  I am sure not going to be the one to say.

We miss you guys!

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Fresh Anchovies on a Wood-Fired Grill

Our new favorite — fresh anchovies, cleaned and lightly breaded, and then grilled over wood coals on the piastra. Delicious and affordable; this is about $3 worth from one of our favorite fish markets: Il Timone in Grottammare. Yum. 

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Lunch Out: Senduicceri 44 Via Balilla

Out running errands (telling the post office where we live, recharging our phones) and decided to try fancy panini at a lovely shop in San Benedetto del Tronto. Totally cute, and a nice way to practice some practical Italian!

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Lunch? Piadineria Magritte!

After three trips to IKEA in about as many days, we decided to treat ourselves to lunch. The beautiful town of Loreto is on the way back to Tutto Doppio, and G had the presence of mind to suggest that we stop there for piadine. 

Piadine are the Italian version of quesadillas. And Magritte – just off the main piazza – is one of the best. If you’re ever in the area, check it out. They have a great selection of beer, too!

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Sunrise Theater

San Pietro invited me to a sunrise performance led by his friend Giorgio.  Giorgo is an accomplished Italian actor, but this morning served admirably as director of a really amazing performance.  The cast sang, spoke, and even danced a bit in the sea, leading us down the beach from scene to scene.  I can’t say that I fully understood the storyline… but I have that problem even when the lines are all in English.

It was a spectacular morning, and even more so for theater.  Bravi!

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Vineyard Gets a Cleaning

One of the most beautiful things to behold is a vineyard with nothing but rich soil between the rows. Unless you’re an agronomist, in which case you probably like the biodiversity that a cover crop offers. Thanks to St. Pietro, our vineyard falls in the latter camp. 

Still, it’s awfully nice when Umberto comes and gives everything a solid cleaning. And that he did, including both the vineyard and the orchard. It won’t last forever, but it sure is pretty!

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