Three generations

3 March 2008

Everything in England, that is.

In September 2006 there was bad news from Italy. Annalisa’s father, Cosimo, died very suddenly at the age of 65. It was completely unexpected and devastating for Annalisa, and for Tosca, her mother.

Since then, Tosca has lived with us in Pimlico. It is the Italian way for the generations to stick together, and it suits even me, the Englishman. The big house in the village in Italy that Cosimo built with his own hands has stood empty except when we visit for holidays. We rely on friends and family to look after the dogs and the chickens. On top of all her other work, Annalisa now manages the land from this distance.

But we are seriously considering a permanent move to Italy. If we go, it will probably be in August. We haven’t yet made the decision. I love life in London, and so do we all. Even Tosca has taken to it, what with Annalisa taking her by bus to the Italian club in Clerkenwell and the joys of the haberdashery department at Peter Jones. But it is something like 60/40 that we will go.

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