It’s been a grim week particularly for everyone back in the U.K. The new lockdown, record numbers of covid infections and deaths, we realised we won’t be getting back to Yorkshire for a while and however we travel home it’s not going to be easy.
Here in Lazio it’s been mostly raining and as you may know Italian rain is extra wet. Wednesday was not so bad and we enjoyed breakfast outside, in January that’s got to be a result. Despite having over 4 tons of wood delivered to see us through the winter we discovered a lot of it isn’t seasoned so it doesn’t burn well, in fact it’s a complete waste of time and money and needs to be stored for a couple of years before it’s used. Mr FF has spent many hours rearranging the log store to find the best pieces to burn, we keep a good supply in the house hoping that might speed the drying out process but we can’t help feeling cross. We have central heating too, it’s not the end of the world it’s just not as pleasant as it could be.
Let’s be positive. I finally got my haircut this week, I hadn’t been to the hairdresser since the end of September, I was a mess. It was quiet at the saloon, just me, a man who came in for a quick trim and 4 hairdressers hanging around. It’s such a shame as they are the sweetest people, when I left they had a beautifully wrapped New Years gift for me, a lipstick and a lip gloss, organic, made in Italy, expensive and perfect colours. Such kindness lifted my spirits.
I met Mr FF after my cut to have photos taken for the new biometric ID card that we need to get from the police, at the headquarters of course which is over an hours drive each way. We’ve already applied on line for an appointment and heard nothing. Anyway we found in the shopping centre one of those machines, 4 passport photos, which is what we need to take, don’t ask me why so many, for 5 euros. It’s hard at the best of times getting a decent photo from these machines doing so with the instructions in Italian was stressful and we both ended up with photos of us looking cross and miserable and old, very much true to life they will be a constant reminder of this trying time.
We came out of the Christmas lockdown on Thursday now we are back in the lowest yellow zone during the week but in orange at the weekend when we must stay in the village. That’s absolutely fine, we are just going to have to sit it out, we all are, so do your best, keep safe, keep cheerful and keep dry.
Post post note - I meant to say the shade of lipstick is Creamy Brick, a perfect name