[personal profile] ffiondove_20
First of all I hope you are all well and as happy as it's possible to be in your various worlds.
Please don't think that because I don't post that I am not about and thinking about you guys. It's great to see that most of you are still posting and keeping the LJ flag flying, makes me even more ashamed of myself but at the same time glad that there is still somewhere to come *home* to, if that makes sense.
This year alone we have had 2 weddings in my family, my middle son Giancarlo married the wonderful Fotini last Dec 29th and my eldest son Francesco remarried the nightmare that is Kelly on 3rd August.......we all put a brave face on it and I shall keep my mouth shut for my son and granddaughters sake because I know what this woman is capable of..........but that leopard will never change it's spots, she is in my gun sights.

This year I will be celebrating my 60th birthday, there will be a late afternoon party for my family and close friends and my sisters are taking me to London to see Jersey Boys - my husband is taking me to Italy for a week at the beginning of Dec and we are going up to London to see Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday.....not a bad start to my celebrations which I plan will last for the next year!!! I am a lucky lady.
The Grandchildren are growing fast Jake is 17 and studying aeronautical engineering, Ben is 14 and just starting his GCSE studies, Ffion is 12 and doing well at school, she has just secured the lead junior role in the local pantomime and earlier this year was the Cat in a Hat in Suessical the Musical with a local theatre group, little Effie is 2 years old and capable of holding a conversation with no trouble although they usually revolve around Peppa Pig and biscuits! - she is adorable!

Myself and Pietro are doing well, he has some problems with his knees which we are in the process of getting sorted but to be honest I believe it is wear and tear - he has been working hard for 40 odd years so it's to be expected - just have to see what needs to be done to make things a little easier for him, he has bought himself a bicycle which should help as long as he doesn't overdo it.

The hotel is busy we have done so many weddings this year, some weeks we have had 3 weddings and then a christening on the Sunday and it's looking the same for next year. My husband is a perfectionist and this has helped our reputation to grow in the area. Also the hotel is a beautiful setting.

Well my lovely and good friends, I am not going to apologise for being an absent friend, just going to do better and be *home* more often.
Love and ((((((HUGS))))to you all.

Date: 2013-10-04 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
It's you! With a proper update, even. And except for The Marriage of Which We Shall Not Speak it's all good news. (I'm counting Pietro's knees as good news because they're getting sorted.)

Happy Upcoming Birthday!


Date: 2013-10-04 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffiondove.livejournal.com
Hiya L! xxxxxxxx A proper update was long overdue! I hope that we do end up with good news for Pietros knees after making this post this morning I was meant to be going to the hospital with him to have them x-rayed but he begged off at the last minute because of work and I had to reschedule for next Wednesday.........we'll see.
Thank you for the birthday wishes.....still got a few weeks of being 59 heh heh! xx
Hope alls well with you. xxx

Date: 2013-10-04 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nienna-weeper.livejournal.com

How can you possibly be turning 60, beautiful lady?

Best wishes - tell Pietro to be careful of his knees. Fortunately they don't take out patellas anymore as a rule. However, the friends I've have who've had knee replacements are very happy they did it.

Lord, I hope Becky marries someone decent...


Date: 2013-10-05 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffiondove.livejournal.com
He is worried about having replacements but I think it will be the best thing in the long run, also being laid up for a will with no choice about it will give our boys an opportunity to prove that they can run the hotel over a long period with just verbal advice from their Dad.
Amen to your last sentence there LA - I can taste the frustration sometimes and my jaws ache from the forced smiles.....xx

Date: 2013-10-05 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nienna-weeper.livejournal.com
Maybe being laid up for a bit would be a blessing in disguise!

I didn't mean to sound so heartless - I'm really sorry you're in a situation like that, honey. Maybe she will change?


Date: 2013-10-05 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffiondove.livejournal.com
Awwww mate! I didn't think you were being heartless, not at all. She won't change, not her, her mother is just as bad, a real nightmare family xxx

Date: 2013-10-06 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nienna-weeper.livejournal.com
Ugh. *Squishes you*

Date: 2013-10-05 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msb66.livejournal.com
Lovely to hear from you with all your news! I will go back onto my Lj to fill you in on all our news!

(Can't believe it's your 60th.......)

Date: 2013-10-05 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffiondove.livejournal.com
Can't wait to hear all your news!!! I have other stuff to post about too but you know how you sit down to do a major post and your brain empties???

I can't believe I'll be 60 either?? Amazing how many things I have learned over the past 60 years.......if only my kids would listen to me I could save them so much time, trouble, worry and money.....but you know what they say about making our own mistakes hey? xxxxxxx

Date: 2013-10-05 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bridgewalker.livejournal.com
Madam, there is no flippin' way you'll ever make me believe you'll be sixty. *shaking head nope nope nope*
Hope hub's knees get fixed, & totally understand about having dils (or thereabouts) that you'd rather just ... weren't. The t'ings we do for our own, eh?
*major hugs*

Date: 2013-10-05 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffiondove.livejournal.com
60 I am Mare! and so lucky in so many ways I shouldn't really whine even about the dil - but damn that's my child she got in her clutches .....again! Can't believe that history can repeat itself with such accuracy!! But as you so wisely say......the t'ings we do for our own..........including swallowing enough bile to sail a boat in. xxxxxxxxxxxx



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