Our Dear English Friends here in Codiponte, during a lovely & slightly drunken sit-down Santo Stefano luncheon… the day after the 25th of December is a holiday in Italy to recuperate from the assault of way too much Family & Buffet-eating on Christmas Day… happily offered to host Our New Year’s Party in their lovely home. The clear advantage here is they have a traditional and LARGE Living Room anchored with a HUGE open fireplace. HEAT & SPACE. Wonderful! However, because no-one in the Lunigiana, much less in the rest of Italy, wants to pay the exorbitant gas bills, it’s A COLD & CHILLY Walk to the Dining Room for Nourishment. The reward though is to return satiated with pate’ & pasta to resume warming one’s sedere at the blazing hearth. Our Friend’s Proposal quite effectively resolved The Nagging Question of How & Where to hold Our New Year’s Eve Party at Il Poggiolo, so compromised by either the lack of HEAT, SPACE, or both. Sadly though, the day after, once the effect of the red wine had worn off, the offer was rescinded with great apologies. Oh, well. Back to The New Year’s Eve Logistics Question at Il Poggiolo.
Hung up the phone only for it to squeal again. Our German Friends from Mannheim… the Special Guest Stars of Our New Year’s Eve Party… called & cancelled their participation, thanks to An Unalterable Deadline with work. Again, more great apologies.
Meanwhile, closer to the ranch, The Nice Pharmacist, who rents La Casetta, told me he would be gone for New Year’s, choosing to spend it, and justifiably so, with his Family & Friends in La Spezia where he lives most of the time. Then, word came through the pipe-line that… no… instead… he would bring Family & Friends to La Casetta for a New Year’s celebration. It is his Right to do so, however, I was planning on housing some Other of Our Friends in the Guest Bedroom for a couple of nights… you see, the place as steam HEAT… so they could help us drag in The New Year. Oh, well. I called Our Other Friends, and with great apologies, cancelled them off Our New Year’s Eve Party’s Guest List.
In a morning’s transit, we had descended from 10 to 4… Us Boys and Our Dear Dutch/Milanese Friends over at La Concia. Maybe. Once I have finished this posting, You & I are going to take The Dogs for a walk to La Concia to see what is what with Our Friends there… and to shore up any communal plans for A New Year’s Eve Party. Gads.