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Excellent cooking and supply. Plenty of wine. Been like living in a film set. The accommodation was extremely comfortable. You had thought of everything we could possible want and added a few touches of your own. In some ways the meals we had at Il Mulino were better than the restaurant meals because more informal and relaxed. In we had Sonja Price to tutor us and she was really helpful, but this year we are aiming the week at writers who have works in progress, for those who want to start to write and who need peace, tranquillity and space to write, write, write, without interruption.
No cooking, no housework, just time to write and dive into the imagination. These sessions are all optional. Each morning will start with a five-minute limbering-up writing exercise to kick-start your creative juices. Some local writer are dipping in for this. If you are artistic and would like to have a break from writing, on Monday 16th September, a local artist, Joy Boncompagni Stafford will hold a morning session on watercolour.
This is an extra and will cost Euros 25, materials provided. Title to be announced on the first day of the course. Participants are invited to send in one piece of work wordcount 2, max no later than three weeks in advance of the start of the course, to share and receive constructive feedback.
During the week there will be an opportunity to visit the enchanting towns of Sansepolcro and Anghiari, to include an optional writing exercise. So, what does all this cost, I hear you ask? This includes accommodation in our restored watermill. There is one double room, with en suite still available in the mill. If you want to see more photos of the inside of our restored watermill, we have our own site: Il Mulino, Rofelle.
And, within walking distance, there is a beautifully appointed guest house, or agriturismo for extra guests. All rooms have en suite. Il Casalone. Our price includes food, drinks and wine, except when we eat out at a local restaurant or pizzeria on two occasions during the week. It includes airport transfer to and from Bologna airport, as long as you arrive before lunchtime on September 11th. If you plan to arrive at a different airport, you will need to sort your own transport. We can advise on this. It does not include your flight or the couple of meals, snacks or drinks when we go out twice during the week.
If you prefer to stay at the mill to write instead, we can leave you food to self-cater. If you are interested in one of our remaining spaces, or have any other queries, please contact me in the comment box below, on private message on Facebook or Twitter or via this email address: petchangela gmail. That old saying has been so true. I was glad of my thick Aran sweater over the last weeks here in Tuscany. I guessed June would come in like a bride and she has. The clouds are now billowing like a puffy dress against a blue sky and the orchids and wildflowers are finally pushing their way up through the tufty grass.
I was a little lazy and asked my orchid experts on Twitter to identify a few, despite my fuzzy photos. Thanks, Jon! I need a better camera, but he came up with Burnt Orchid for the photo on the left and Provence Orchid for the pale flower. I spotted these on a walk high up to 1, metres in the Apennines with my brother and sister-in-law, who chose the worst week, weather-wise, to visit. Always keen to research stories, we drove to an area that saw fierce fighting during WW2: the Coriano and Gemmano ridges.
From 4th to 15th September , the British 8th Army made assaults here along the eastern edge of the Gothic Line.
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I could tell Maurice was particularly moved, as his own father might well have been involved. But that generation seldom shared these facts with their children. At Montegridolfo, there is a small museum with a big heart, run by volunteers and it was humbling to read details of this period. We read dozens of various propaganda posters printed by all sides and looked at items found scattered around the countryside. The elderly man who showed us round was only six years-old when it all took off and he shared a couple of personal incidents.
Afterwards, we visited the Commonwealth War Cemetery a few kilometres away. This grave touched me. I wondered who had recently left this photograph next to their Canadian soldier. One week earlier I had visited a delightful gentleman of ninety-nine. He was born in Montebotolino, the tiny hamlet within walking distance admittedly a good workout of where I am writing now, and one of my favourite haunts, as you might know. Bruno is very frail now and I first met him nearly ten years ago when I was on another walk. I came across him pruning his apple trees and after a few minutes of general chitchat, he started to talk to me in English.
And then, out came his story. A fascinating account which I am shamelessly using tweaked and slightly fictionalised in my next Tuscan novel. He is frail now, but he still has a twinkle in his eye. He told me he liked rice pudding during the war in England and he is looking forward to the party the local Comune will lay on for him when he turns one hundred in January. Now, back to writing. Rigorous editing will follow. Ciao for now! It is really cold here in Tuscany at the moment. As I write, I am wearing two jumpers — one of them a thick Aran faithful, plus my cosy socks.
Not many people understand why we live here in the summer and Sussex in winter. When it decides to come, it will be glorious. Here I am, wearing my warm Aran. Snow fell on the Mountain of the Moon last night. We are being warned that our planet is in danger. The world is topsy-turvy and our way of life is having dire effects on climate change, amongst other problems.
At the moment, the radio tells me it is over 20 degrees in Scotland. Here it is 6! I know that before too long, the bees will be buzzing over my lavender and our meadow will brim with butterflies and orchids, but in the meantime, I need to warm up by chatting to somebody else who loves Italy. Welcome back, Daisy James, who has recently published another of her Limoncello novels. Have you visited? Italy is one of my favourite places to visit.
We were lucky enough to take a trip to Florence last summer where we explored the city, all the wonderful little nooks and crannies, and ate some wonderful food too — the gelato is to die for! Whilst we were there, a Hollywood movie was being filmed around the streets and famous monuments which was fun to watch. It was really strange seeing movie directors hanging from helicopters over Il Duomo! Florence has a special place in my heart too, Daisy. But, I never came across Marmite gelato in the 70s.
I spent a year there as part of my university degree, when I was twenty. I lived in a tiny flat with a view over the terracotta tiles, near the station. My next question concerns your writing. I have lots of indie author friends and they are always interested in how people come to be published. How did you get with Canelo? Everyone there is incredibly supportive, friendly and approachable. I was fortunate enough to have it accepted by my wonderful editor there, Louise Cullen, and I have a new series this year — Villa Limoncello which is set in Tuscany — the second of which is due out in June.
What other books have you written and how did you come to writing? Apart from my two series with Canelo, I have standalone novels published by HQStories who were my very first publishers. I wrote throughout my teenage years, but stopped whilst I was at university, then started again when I had my family — just short stories at first. I wonder if you will ever develop that story stashed in the shoe box! Maybe modify it, use some passages for another book?
They say you should never throw anything away! There are so many wonderful places — Florence, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano are all amazing places to spend time and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip there last year. I also love the south of Italy too — I had a fabulous break in Sorrento a while ago, and especially enjoyed the boat trip over to Capri — the views were stunning! However, top of my list for a first timer would have to be Venice. My tip would be to catch the train and arrive at the station, then to simply wander around the streets and soak up the atmosphere rather than rushing from one tourist attraction to the next.
I need to return too. The last time I visited Venice was when I was eleven. But, we are very busy in our six months here with our holiday guests in our converted watermill. This September, we are running a Writing Week for the second time, so time slips away in a flash. The best thing to do would be to mark free weeks at the beginning of the season on our calendar and then take off to explore. Last year, we visited the Abruzzo region.
Wild and beautiful too, but afflicted by earthquakes, unfortunately.
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That is so cute! No internet for distraction? A kettle and mug for tea or coffee? A bottle and opener for celebrating when the writing flows? Before you go, tell us something we would never guess about you!
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Hope to catch up with you soon! A presto and thank you. Mille grazie! Good luck with your books. Here are a few more facts about Daisy and you can click on the links below to see her book. Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse garden shed , she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea — china plates and tea cups are a must!
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