Wednesday, May 02, 2012


When someone has treated you badly commiserations are always welcome and at the moment, nothing cheers me up more than hearing friends and acquaintances express the opinion that the offending party should "Vaffanculo" - the Italian equivalent of "f off".

Thus it was that, having related my tale of woe to the beautician on Saturday, I felt immensely comforted by the string of "Vaffanculi" she uttered whilst setting to rights both my feet and my face.  I should point out that there are no chiropodists in Modica - the nearest one is in Ragusa - so the task of preparing the feet of the city's women for summer is entrusted to its many beauticians who, I must say, do a good job.

In Britain a visit to the beautician is a relaxing experience and you can drift into golden slumbers whilst being pampered in the presence of relaxing new-age music.  Such sweet dreaming is but a fond memory in this particular salon, though, as any music played is usually the loudest rock 'n' roll, greetings are yelled at other customers as they arrive, gossip is exchanged at the top of everyone's voice and equipment is clanged about.  The face steamer is as noisy as a Great Western locomotive - but effective - and it would be a brave blemish that defied the beautician's determined squeezing afterwards.  Add to all this my own screaming as foot flaws are mercilessly dealt with and you have quite a noisy morning!

Locomotive at Acireale, Sicily

However, a face pack and  thirty or so "Vaffanculi" later I feel a lot better, as fresh as a Sicilian mai flower and ready for summer. I am walking on air!

Mai flowers at Kamarina, Sicily


rochambeau said...

You Funny Girl! THis makes me smile.
A salute to you and to BEAUTY!


THanks for your kind thought about my mom. We are home from the hospital now. She is still weak, but we are still having some fun together.

CherryPie said...

I always feel a bit of pampering by my hairdresser does the trick :-)

Rosaria Williams said...

What would we do without the pampering and devotion of our dear beauty experts who know just what to say and what parts of the body to appease.

(I did miss out of whatever consternation you spoke of. Hope that person is indeed sent off to his/her own hell)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thank you, Constance. I'm glad you and your mum are spending some pleasant time together. x

Oh, it does, Cherie.

Jenny Woolf said...

Ha sounds a bit of a "one must suffer to be beautiful" situation. I'm glad it is all worth while!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Rosaria. You didn't miss anything as I haven't written about the person who upset me here. Thank you for the sisterly sentiment. x
Hi, Jenny. The beautician is very good at her job, despite the noise and chaos!


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