Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 22

22nd February 2011 Remembrance

Awoke today feeling quite emotional after a restless night’s sleep. One year ago today 22nd February 2011 at 1251 life changed forever for the city of Christchurch. I was an hour north when the violent earthquake rocked much of the South Island of New Zealand and devastated the 500 000 inhabitants of the city of …

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Feb 17


Abruzzo Renovation Priority

Italy Where For Art Thou   Since the 1st January 2012 I have been almost desperate to be in Abruzzo to see my house, collect the deed of purchase and to find workmen to start the restoration process. So many temporary barriers have stood in my way;   Work commitments A Terrible Bout of a …

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Feb 10

Abruzzo – Region of Contrasts

Autumn in Abruzzo

What is it about Abruzzo? Is it the fact that one third of the land is mass dedicated to National Parks or the amazing wildlife? Abruzzo National Park Gran Sasso e Monti Della Laga National Park Serenti Velino National Park Lago di Barrea Brown Bear Wolves Chamois   Is it the kilometers of coastline it …

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Feb 03

The ExPat Life: Know one? Love one? Are one? Want to be one?

Sulmona Abruzzo - Stormy

This week has been another week of disappointment as I had hoped I would be off to Italy as life has returned to normal with the subsidence of the strikes that threatened my trip last weekend.  However, the bad weather that was forecast did hit and indeed much of Italy including Abruzzo is lying under …

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