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Poking around with some online Italian lessons, the one from the BBC is fun and interactive.
Also reading Every Day In Tuscany, by Frances Mayes. I love it so much I will likely pick up the other titles: Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany. The memoir is a great slice of life with lots of details about food, gardens & wine.
My copy is all dog-eared:
- I'd like to stand up and quote Cesare Pavese: "A gulp of my drink," he wrote, "and my body can taste the life/ of plants and of rivers." (p. 31)
- The brilliant yellow lemons rival the beauty of the dangling orange persimmons, kaki, in many gardens, Before the first hard freeze of November, back the pots go into the limonaia... I learned to mend my vase... I thought it was the ultimate in thrift when I saw huge lemon trees in pots held together by wire. Even small geraniums on steps would often be wired (p.60).
- I miss the balcony when the jasmine, lemon, and tigli, linden, scents collide and seem to emanate from the moon. (p.61)
- I don't need a celestial paradise; I'll take my immortality here. (p.62)