Jul 10

Treasures Found

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La Chitarra - Traditional Pasta Making Utensil from Abruzzo

La Chitarra – Traditional Pasta Making Utensil from Abruzzo

The Guitar – La Chitarra

La Chitarra or ‘the guitar’ is used to form a traditional Abruzzese pasta which is probably best described to you as a ‘square’ spaghetti. Pasta dough is rolled through the strings of the Chitarra to produce the unique shaped pasta.  Traditionally this pasta is served with a ragu usually with a meat base.

An Old Washstand & Basin – Un lavabo Vecchio e del bacino

Washstand Excavated from the Bathroom

Washstand Excavated from the Bathroom

On my last visit to Abruzzo my neighbour informed me that during strong winds the unsecured window shutters on my house would bang loudly keeping her awake at night or during her siesta.  In order to rectify the situation with what little means I had I went around the house securing the window shutters as best I could.  This included going into my ‘bathroom’ which has been filled with rubble from the terrace which fell in on it due to water damage and 40 years of neglect.  I used the old terracotta bricks to stack behind the shutters on the window ledge to keep then closed as I had no other means of securing them.  In the process I noticed some ironwork underneath my feet and decided to investigate further.  The result was that I excavated the wrought iron washstand and enamel basin.  A few days later I was introduced to some more neighbours and they have a very similar washstand but one that is more ornate and has a jug with it that sits in the bottom ring.  I was impressed with theirs and my neighbour has offered to restore mine as a housewarming gift!

Old Bottles: Different Shapes & Colours  – Vecchie Bottiglie – Forme e Colori Diversi

Old Bottles - Different Shapes & Colours

Old Bottles – Different Shapes & Colours

I found quite a collection of old bottles – not on my last visit but I thought I would share these with you.  I found traditional wine casks in wicker (bottom shelf), old soft drink bottles, glasses a jug and storage bottles with stoppers on them.  Some are clear, some blue, some green and some brown.  I am not so sure of what I might do with these – maybe I will clean them up and display them somewhere as they are really quite pretty and they were part of my home before I arrived.

Old Keys – Vecchie Chiavi

Old Keys From A Hidden Past

Old Keys From A Hidden Past

I found some old keys around the house also – but what they unlocked no longer appears to be held within the house at all.

An Old Quilt – Una Vecchia Coperta

You will have to wait for a picture of this I am afraid.  I was looking at the mess on top of the iron bed in the room that will be my master bedroom and I had previously thought the old bedding was completely ruined.  At one stage there had been a small fire on the mattress, however I was surprised to find a hand made quilt in a very pretty red colour and as I pulled it out from underneath the other covers I realized that perhaps it would be possible to have it cleaned and given life once more.  I will keep you wondering about this one as I need a few days to be able to give the quilt the attention it needs and to take photos.

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  1. Janine

    What wonderful finds. I love all this. I saw a house in Umbria just this summer, it was a restored casa colonica with salvaged keys displayed in a row on the wall above one of the doors. It was charming. What a great thing to reintegrate some old finds. Happy treasure hunting!

    1. Ingrid

      Thank you Janine – it really is a lot of fun finding things that can be restored or re-used in the house. I have a few ideas about how they might be incorporated 🙂

  2. Toni DeBella

    Ingrid…If those treasures could talk they would have some really great stories to tell. Lovely post. Can’t wait to see your magical house. toni

    1. Ingrid

      I know – I have another post coming about old documents and advertising I found at the house. I am definitely looking forward to the opportunity of having you over 🙂

  3. lisa | renovating italy

    What wonderful treasures you found! We found lots of tiny bottles inside the wall cavity at Borgo Nari and an ancient chamber pot, tiny child’s shoe and yes those gorgous old keys! There was also a framed image of Mary all of which we left with the house when we sold it.
    look forward to what you discover next

    1. Ingrid

      Thank you Lisa – I have a few more finds to share and yes I too have a few religious pics too. It really is fun finding out about a place and it’s past.
      Ciao xox

  4. Cathy

    What wonderful treasures you have found Ingrid. I can’t wait to read your upcoming posts about the other things you have found.

    1. Ingrid

      Thank you Cathy – it is nice to find things that are part of the house and can remain so 🙂

  5. Sammy

    Ingrid you’re so lucky, hope you find lots more, our geometra took all our little treasures including the furniture that we’d requested to keep 🙁

    1. Ingrid

      Thank you Sam – unfortunately I had a similar experience with ‘someone’ taking the walnut dresser and a small table I wanted to restore and I know it was NOT the vendors that took them. It really is terrible when others have no respect for the property of others – particularly those in a position of trust!

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