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May 15, 2014 - Arrived Florence!

Arrived Florence! Weather sunny and in the 70's! Met MaryAnne and her dog (she is a pet sitter/dog walker!) at the cafe just oustide the apt. We have a nice large apt. here in Florence with tile floors and large fluffy towels. Also talked with the waiter at the cafe who is a friend of MaryAnnes. He is from Uruguay. Walked up the 102 steps (with bags!) to the 5th floor apt. overlooking the Villa Pellicceria, a few blocks from the Duomo. Walked across the river (gelatto on the way) to the rose garden, high above Florence, with a wonderful...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Fabulous Florence!

After an hour bus ride through rolling Tuscany hills, there we were, bonjourno Firenze! Florence is known for its leather goods and gold. So no surprises that our drop-off point was a leather shop and jeweller opposite the Santa Croce church. Misuri, the leather shop, is a well-established outfit that does a pretty good demo. By a guy that the kids thought looked remarkably like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Read: he managed to retain their attention during his spiel. And yes, the Grays got sucked in and are the proud owners of some...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun I arrived at the Rome airport, found my very cheap, very sketchy airport hotel and settled in for the night, kept awake by an Italian man standing outside his room next door, arguing loudly with someone on the phone for at least an hour. I have no idea what it was about, but I’m pretty sure the Italian word for bitch is either bestia or puttana, because these were used repeatedly, with emphasis. I picked up Helen and Becca, thrilled to see my girlfriends from home, and we started north toward Montepulciano, known...

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Apr 17, 2014 - I see you

Once upon a time during a real job in Fort Mac, I met a man named Jackson* not his real name ;) and there started to be some attraction growing and I was starting to really like what I saw in his eyes when he looked at me. He is smart and kind and willing to go out of his way for others. The only down sides were that he was a bit judgemental and would not hold the door of the car open for me. (Gary and Kevin spoil me) But all of this does not matter for something I said killed any feelings that he looked at me with. What did I say you...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Workshops

I come from a creative family. We are writers, poets, crafters, knitters, Painters, drawers, fashion designers (I used to make Barbie clothes out of felt when I was a kid) We don't usually give ourselves credit for these skills/passions but that stops here I want to spend more time enjoying the things I loved as a kid, arts/craft, being out doors, hiking, dancing they made me so happy. - It is not enough to be outside anymore, I must be with the trees and the leaves and the flowers and the bugs??? hahahaha when I was a kid I hiked all the...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Day 8 - Thursday 10 April - Walk through the Tucany Hills

Today we did an 11km walk from one Tuscany hill-top town to another. This was an incredible way to see and feel the beautiful surrounds of Tuscany. We started in Pienza and finished in Montepulciano. Through vineyards, down and up dirt tracks, crossed streams, past 100s of year old farm cottages. Trish and Sammy joined Megan and I for the first half with Harry meeting us with the car with fresh rolls for lunch, then Megan and I trekked out together to finish the last half. Some of the hill climbs were challenging but all was beautiful under...

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Apr 9, 2014 - Day 7 – Wednesday 9 April – Florence from Piazzale Michelangiolo

Today we had a relaxing morning at home in our beautiful Tuscany house. Soaking up the sun and mesmerised by the Tuscan hills. We had a home built buffet lunch of local bread, crackers, cheeses, olives, salami, etc. In the afternoon we headed by car to the south of Florence to the Piazzale Michelangiolo lookout. Fantastic views of Florence and the Arno River. Home again for a night in with a fabulous meal with Chief Chef Trish of pork, mushrooms, beans, peas and carrots. Great kitchen clean up by Gary and Sammy.

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Apr 7, 2014 - I'm a writer

I have written in one form or another for most of my life. I have never had anything published professionally but that does not make me less of a writer. I entered a writing contest (a child story I made up for my Niece as a bed time story) with the writer guild of Canada and made it to the semifinals beating out 500 other Canadian writers. But this is not what defines me as a writer. My passion, my love, my need to write and share my stories (those that are real and those form my imagination) even if I don't make money at it, is what...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Hi, I'm Nadean and I'm an addict

I'm an addict. I have been most of my life, part of me wonders where it stems from. I have been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember, for years I have been known to sit down with a bowl of icing sugar and a spoon. But my first memory of addivitve behaviour came when I was around 5 or 6 I think. I took a handful of butter (yep used my bare hands) hahaha and hid behind the kitchen table and chairs in the corner and preceded to eat the butter. The thought of eating butter like that now makes me sick, I mean a little on potatoes or...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Day 4 - Sunday 6 April - Florence - Amici Degli Uffizi

Today was a short train trip into Florence (Firenze) to visit the Art Museum – Amici Degli Uffizi. One of the highlights for me getting there was seeing the Duomo, a whopping great big cathedral. Booking tickets the night before was a great idea otherwise our 30 minute queue wait would have been 2 hours to buy the tickets and then wait in the queue to get in. We saw works from Leonardo Di Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and about a million busts. Afterwards walked through the streets of Florence, the markets and had lunch in a local...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Day 3 – Saturday 5 April - Tuscany

Breakfast at Principessa Isabella Hotel. Fast train to Florence (Firenze)taking 1 hour 20 minutes and met Trish. Local train to Pontassieve, Tuscany and met Harry and Sammy. 20 minute drive in their Audi hire car to Torri and arrived at our house for the next 7 days. Check out the photos. This place is just beautiful. Afternoon walk through the vineyards to the local grocery store. With the help from a customer to translate our requests to the Italian speaking owner we got supplies for dinner. Stoked the fire in the afternoon and sat down...

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Mar 31, 2014 - And then it clicks

I have spent a great deal of my life treating some people better than they treat me. And it's bullshit. The worst part of this is that I have been putting so much energy in to these people that I actually do not have enough energy for those who are treating me right. It is not that I dismiss them, I just don't create a big enough spot in my life for them. When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. (Dirty Dancing shout out) But I have learned. I will give people the amount of room they deserve in my life. And that will of course include the ones...

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