Tuesday, December 31, 2013


As I've mentioned many times, it's been a bad year for me, so let's start with this:

My personal disaster of the year

It's been a year in which I've lived through several personal disasters but when my fridge seemed to give up the ghost recently it was the last straw and the air turned a very deep blue around here! 

But on to something more positive....

My gadget of the year

This contraption for slicing onions is a godsend! 

It comes from Lidl Italia, who, as purveyors of dried cranberries, have disappointed me this year, it must be said.

My books of the year
[not necessarily books published in 2013, but a selection of books that I've read this year]:

At the beginning of the year, I enjoyed the second volume of Cardiff man Ken Follett's Century Trilogy, Winter of the World.  Volume three is due in September and I am looking forward to it. But come on, Ken bach, can't you hurry it up a bit?

I also loved Simon Mawer's The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.

Malala's autobiography, which I read in Italian, was compelling.

For Christmas I received this and Simi and I are enjoying perusing it every evening:

My cookbook of the year is this one, by Italy's "sexy chef" Carlo Cracco - recipes, new ideas, tips and a true masterclass.....

.... which brings me to ....

My TV programmes of the year

Number one has got to be Masterchef Italia and the third episode of the third series goes out on Thursday night. That's two hours of compulsive viewing for me so for the time being I won't be posting here on Thursdays, folks!

Italian TV often gets slated but Rai does turn out some interesting drama series. Of the 2013 offerings, I thought one of the best was Volare - La Grande Storia di Domenico Modugno. Perhaps it's because I can remember how, even in Britain, we all went around humming the song!

I've become addicted to Downton, via a friend who is kind enough to lend me her DVDs. I have watched some episodes in Italian, but let's face it - Maggie Smith's withering lines need to be delivered by Maggie Smith.

Monday nights at 11.30 find me tuned to Sky News UK for the press preview by Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce ["Toryboy"]. The banter between these two really cheers me up and I am waiting for them to get their own series.

My recipe of the year

Of the recipes I have invented myself, the winner is this pasta dish.

Post of the year on this blog

The most-read post of 2013 was not about Sicily at all, but about my memories of visiting the Verdi locations in the Emilia-Romagna.

My non-feminist of the year award

The neighbour who obsessively dusts her clothes line was a contender and the young fiancée of a certain Italian politician comes close but I have to hand the award to Miss Miley Cyrus [assuming she can stop twerking for long enough to receive it].

Words I don't want to hear in 2014

Twerking and the name of she who does it; phubbing [ignoring people to look at your mobile phone all the time and I don't want it done to me, either]; decadenza because the expulsion of Mr Berlusconi from the Senate took forever and succeeded in keeping him in the headlines; scontro [clash] because in Italy there's always a scontro somewhere in public life. How about a helpful and peaceful incontro [meeting] instead? Pazienza - a word that should be banned from the Italian language, especially in connection with public transport in Modica! And I don't want to hear any more of Darrell, Pip, Rob or Helen [all on The Archers].

My hopes for 2014

That there be no more tragedies like this.
That there be peace.
My personal hopes are to be held, understood and not judged and to be granted more time with my precious dog, Simi.
May the New Year be kind to all of you and your loved ones, too.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught
For auld lang syne.

Buon anno a tutti!


Laruchka said...

Happy New Year!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

And to you, Laruchka.

Lee said...

I still enjoy watching "Masterchef"...it will be Season Six here this year. I also enjoy "My Kitchen Rules"...the new season of that starts early February, after the Australian Open Tennis finishes.

I'm all wrapped up in the tennis at the moment.

I agree...no one other than Maggie should be saying her lines. No one else could do it as good! She is unique.

I've had more than my fill, too, of Miley Cyrus. And as I posted on my Facebook yesterday...I've really had enough of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, too! I wish they'd all twerk and tweet off to other pastures and leave us alone in 2014!

I know it's easy for me to say...but ignore those who judge, Pat...they actions and attitudes display their own ignorance (combined with and urged on by jealous, I would dare to suggest).

Hold your head high...you are the better person. :)

Happy New Year - I hope everything you wish for comes true.

Make sure you read Simi's Victoria's Secret contract carefully before signing! ;)

Hawkins Family said...

Here's to a happy and healthy 2014, for you, Simi, and all household appliances!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Lee. I've had enough of those two as well! Thanks also for your wise words. I'll try! I'll get her an agent for that contract! Lots of love to you and cats. xx Thank you, Hawkins Family and I'll drink to that! HNY to you.


View My Stats