Home again

We’re just back home after a week’s holiday in the UK (visiting my parents in Cornwall.) Once we’ve caught up on a bucket load of email, there’s some work to do on the website (there’s a heap of raves to put up there). We’re also prepping all of our kit ready for a busy year and deciding on anything that needs servicing or replacing and in between, we’re still working on the house. Still, the weather is beautiful (although chilly overnight) and we couldn’t live anywhere nicer.

How was St Valentine’s Day for you? Amy was in London and visited the National Portrait Gallery on day 1 of the Vanity Fair exhibition. She treated me to a lovely coffee-table book of the event to make up for the fact that I couldn’t see the exhibition in person. There will certainly be some VF-inspired portraits from this year’s weddings :) – Andy

Preparing for the season.

We’re going to be busier than ever this year – lots of wonderful weddings & a fair bit of travelling involved for many of them.  In between, we’ll be working hard on our house renovation project – hopefully the main structural work will be completed.  Nothing happens particularly quickly in Italy which can be frustrating but then it also forces you to rethink your decisions sometimes, and the fact that we’ve changed our plans a few times illustrates how wrongly we’d have gone about renovating the house if we’d had access to quick planning permission & builders immediately available.

We continue to run our business through the UK – we spend enough time there to do so, and such things as Labs, couriers & other suppliers are simply far more reliable then is typical in Italy.  To give you a quick example:  a cheap desktop printer purchased from an Italian webshop at the end of December arrived 10 days late and then didn’t work!  We went through the correct procedure with Epson before contacting the shop and requesting a replacement/swap.  It was dispatched within a couple of days but 2 weeks later it is still with the courier who apparently can’t be bothered to come out to our house until they have something else to deliver in the area!!  It’s not as though we’re remote; although we’re in the countryside, we live within 20 minutes walk of the town centre.  Ahh the joys :)

For anyone marrying in Italy this year, please be aware of the political turmoil currently affecting the country.  They change governments more regularly than I cook dinner (more often than you’d think actually!!) and the country continues to be hit by travel strikes a couple of times a month.  Always allow that extra day for your flights when possible – i.e. if it gets cancelled, you can get on one the following day without missing the wedding! – Andy