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Archive for February, 2011

I Promessi Sposi Posted by on Feb 28, 2011

This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, and as part of these celebrations I recently went to the Teatro della Rosa here in Pontremoli to watch "I Promessi Sposi alla Prova", a play based on the famous Italian novel "I Promessi Sposi" (‘The Betrothed’). There are several reasons why…

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La famiglia ‘Acqua’ Posted by on Feb 26, 2011

The group of letters ‘-cqu-‘ are used by many words in Italian, the majority of which belong to the ‘acqua’ family. Here is a list of the most common: Acqua Water l’acquaio the kitchen sink, more commonly known as il lavello l’acquedotto the aqueduct acquatico aquatic, e.g. pianta acquatica (aquatic plant) l’acquolina only used in…

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101 uses for an orange! Posted by on Feb 24, 2011

In my last blog I mentioned that I recently bought a twenty six kilo crate of arance rosse di Sicilia (Sicilian red oranges). Even after I had made ten jars of marmalade, I still had una marea di arance (a mass of oranges, literally ‘a tide of oranges’) to dispose of. So I decided to…

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L’Arancia Rossa di Sicilia Posted by on Feb 20, 2011

My husband Geoff is mad at me at the moment simply because I ordered a box of oranges! Well, I must admit that I went slightly over the top. It’s a twenty six kilo crate that, luckily, I’m sharing with my friend Annalisa. So, yes, we have oranges everywhere, both in the kitchen and the…

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Mimì La Gatta – La Mia Storia – Part 4 Posted by on Feb 17, 2011

Sono trascorsi tre giorni e tre notti. Il passare del tempo ha un ritmo calmante. Gli uccelli si svegliano con l’alba e cominciano subito i loro canti di benvenuto al sole. Sento lo strascicare di zoccoli mentre le mucche escono dalla stalla per tornare ai loro pascoli. Si muovono al rallentatore, perché affrettarsi quando c’è…

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