Friday, August 07, 2009


Image: Wikitravel

Rosa and her family left at 6 am for their annual holiday in Albania. They are travelling by car and will cross from Brindisi at about midnight, arriving at Rosa's mother's house at around 10 am. I shall miss Rosa until she comes back at the end of August, but she has got me well organised and has left strict instructions that I am not to do any housework! [I don't think she believes me when I tell her that I'm an expert at not doing housework, so will not find following her orders at all difficult.]

I shall especially miss Rosa's "number 3 bus" stories and I thought I'd share the last one she told me with all of you. Imagine, if you will, the scene on the number 3 at 07.30. Most of the foreign cleaning ladies and carers catch this bus up to the Sorda district and they all chatter away about their employers in their various languages, punctuating the gossip with loud laughter. On Thursday a friend of Rosa's who works for a 94-year-old gentleman told her that her employer chases her round the house:
Rosa: "Why don't you hit him with the broom?"
Friend: "Because if he has to go to hospital where will I find other work? And anyway, he can run faster than I can!"
My reaction was to ask Rosa what medicine this gentleman takes and later, when we went out, we played a "game" of working out which elderly men we saw were taking it, judging by their demeanour! When Rosa returns, rest assured that she will find out the name of the pills, and I shall divulge the secret, dear readers.

Rosa says that the boat is always very crowded and that sometimes the air conditioning in the cabins fails. Let us hope that it is working tonight and that the sea is calm. I'm sure that all of you who have "met" Rosa through this blog and enjoyed her stories will join me in wishing her and her family a safe journey and a happy holiday.


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I know you will miss Rosa a lot, but it won't be that long, at least she got you organised :-)

I hope for everyones sake that the air conditioning works, that must be horrendous:-(

Wishing them a safe journey and a very happy holiday :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne. Yes, she's very good at getting me organised! Yes, imagine being on a croweded vboat with no air cond in this heat! I've told Rosa about you so she'll be happy that you sent your good wishes. xx

CherryPie said...

Happy holidays Rosa and wishing you a safe journey :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thank you, Cherie, on Rosa's behalf. She rang me tonight and they have all arrived safely. Her mother, as you can imagine, is overjoyed to see her. Rosa was thrilled to receive good wishes from you and Anne.

jmb said...

Buon viaggio to Rosa. She will be very happy to see her family, I'm sure.

Whispering Walls said...

Sounds like Viagra, WL!

Lucia said...

I hope she has made it safely and is enjoying herself.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, jmb. I'll pass on your good wishes. You know, WW, that occurred to me! Hi, Lucia. Yes, they arrived safely and Rosa is happy to see her mother and sisters.

Rowena said...

I'm already looking forward to Rosa's return. The story about the old gent that chases his employee around...mamma mia!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Rowena. She'll be so glad to hear that so many readers wish her well and are eager for her return and the continuation of her stories.


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