First Snow

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This morning I peered out the window past Christopher, red-faced and jolly, playing in the snow to our peach tree, just beyond our back-fence line. I thought about how we’ve seen it through all four seasons now: green branches, heavy with fruit; colorful leaves falling until there is no indication that it is a peach tree at all. I didn’t grow up with seasons and I’m still resisting conversion to my northeastern husband’s unabashed love of winter, but my love for our own first little place with our cheerful little children may push me over the edge. Continue reading

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Eurotrip Day 20: Exhaling in Oxford

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Lawn Mouse: a capture by Jon

 

Should I feel guilty about liking England more than Italy? I feel like a terrible graduate of the renowned School of Foreign Service; wasn’t it supposed to make me a citizen of the world, indifferent to the inefficiencies and cultural differences between the Anglos and the Continentals? I’m half-Italian and almost-half-Cornish; I suppose the WASPy predisposition doesn’t leave a girl even if she goes Rome.

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Eurotrip Day 18: A walk in London

I had been feeling pretty grumpy the night before with all of the schlepping, by I woke up the next morning so excited to be in London. I had dreamed of visiting since I was little, reading Lewis and Tolkien and illegally downloading Doctor Who episodes and various British TV shows before they aired in the US (I was clearly super cool in high school). It was a dream come true to simply be there.

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Eurotrip Day 15: Feeling Sienese

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We were determined to make our time in Chianti a true rest, but Siena was only 45 minutes away and I didn’t want to pass up the chance to visit this medieval town where St. Catherine fell in love with Christ. Siena and Florence were great medieval rivals until Siena faded into the background with the Plague of 1348. This means Siena’s walled city and winding streets maintain much of their medieval character.

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