We were just so excited when we first got here. It made me remember my first few months in Italy back in 2004 when I was full of hope and an exciting new life lay ahead of me.
Life became a wonderful summer of beach, cold beers at the beach and making new friends. OK so there were evil mosquitos and a flat like a sauna in summer but still we were loving life again after the stress and trauma of the past couple of years. The one joy had been the birth of Ruby but when that happens at the ages of 42 and 47 it is a shock to the system. A wonderful, tiring one.
We found a great nursery for Ruby that would allow Paul to rejoin the world of work after being house-husband for the last couple of years. She would be at the Catholic nursery where she would be taught in Italian, obviously. I was very worried how it would work out but we were keen she should learn Italian at the same time as her English. She took to it like a duck to water. We now have a happy, bouncy, confident little girl who speak Italish! Paul was so worried she would be better than him already at Italian he even went to college to learn it properly. When she comes home speaking the local impenetrable Apricalese patois we will stand no chance though!
Bordighera is a strange mix of the truly elegant architecture of a seaside town for the rich and famous in times gone by (the last Queen of Italy had a summer palace here) and a retirement village. It is mostly populated by the wealthy elderly who I suspect bought their appartments when prices here were not as extortionate as today and once they retired came here for the sub-tropical micro-climate that means mild winters and plenty of sunshine. You see them even in winter lounging like exotic lizards in fur coats trying to soak up a little bit of sun to hopefully turn their skin an even darker shade of mahogany and probably add a wrinkle or two to the collection.
We have made good friends here (there are young people too!) and our time in Bordighera is now coming to an end. In September we move to a rented flat in Apricale while we start the renovations. Ruby will start at the state nursery there where the whole school only has 13 pupils. How can we finally afford it? We finally have a buyer for the house in Le Marche!! It is at a much reduced price but I am just grateful to have a buyer at all and now to have the opportunity to start the next phase of the journey. We will just have to take it slowly and do the majority of the work ourselves.