Monday, May 19, 2008

Pane! Pane! Pane! He's gone Italiano!

Oh my goodness! Has it already been 4 months?!? Where did the months go? What did I do with them? Has anyone seen my hat?

What a crazy ride this has been. Thank you all who have been sending supportive emails and posts. They truly meant a lot and help me through some of the tough times lately. Don't think for a moment I wasn't at least trying to read everyone's blogs. Can you tell I fell behind a little?

We have had such an incredibly challenging time getting things done in our new Italian home! I will tell you all about the nitty-gritty details later on but here is a spoiler about how long it takes to get things done in bella Italia:

  • Electricity - 2 weeks (my landlord knew a guy who knew a guy)
  • Phone - 6 weeks (apparently he didn't know this guy)
  • Internet - 7 weeks
  • Washer/Dryer/Refrigerator - bought in March was told it would arrive in May and now they are saying June - 'nuff said (we have learned to like the coin laundry and line drying)
  • Our Furniture and other belongings - we were told a month. It's been two - I'm losing hope...

Of course living abroad isn't all bad. As it happens (and you will find this absolutely hilarious) My landlord is the following:

  • Cousin to a baker (yes folks, you read that correctly - a BAKER!) Fortune loves my blog :)
  • A natural born farmer and grows many things in our 'Villa'
    • two Cherry trees
    • a lemon orchard (seriously there's like five or six trees - that's an orchard in my book!)
    • several Apricot trees
    • several Fig trees
    • Grape vines like crazy (no self respecting Italian family would go without these)
    • Orange trees
    • Tomatoes out the wazoo
    • and several items I only pretended to understand when I was being told in Italian (shh don't tell my landlords!)
  • and finally is married to one of the best cooks I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing in action. She makes a MEAN pasta and does it so effortlessly you sit amazed while shoveling pasta in your mouth.

But I must go now this was a quick 'I'm back' to let all of my blogger friends know I survived the move, well, mostly anyhow. I have so much to talk about, show you, and experience so stick around folks - THE FUN IS JUST BEGINNING!!!!

You don't think I would let you go that easy did you? Here's a shot of some bread we stumbled across in the little town of Vietri off the Amalfi Coast:

...more about this place later...

14 comments:

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Hey Lewis, it's nice to hear from you! Who needs furniture when you have an orchard? Post again soon!

BumbleVee said...

hang a hammock in the trees... enjoy the pasta....and what? a baker?..no!...how lucky can you get? Oh, man.... I would be over there at the bakery getting some pointers!

Glad to hear that you are sort of settled... hahahha... and we think things take forever in our end of the world! hah! We are so used to silver bullets for everything....

well, hopefully some furniture arrives soon... I can see it taking this long actually...shipping does take forever....

glad to see you back Lewis.....hi to the family.....

Tablebread said...

Susan - Thanks for stopping in! And you are so right! I swear we have been swimming in lemons for weeks :) my two little ones just love grabbing some of the biggest lemons they can find and making lemonade!

bumblevee - thanks for the good wishes. And the hammock is definitely on the list! You should smell all the flowers that are blooming on the fruit trees. I have never been surrounded by such natural beauty and you can best believe I will be hitting up the landlords cousin for a couple of baking lessons!

Julie said...

That bread!!! Wow! Did you know that a rustic Italian loaf was the first yeast bread I ever made? It came out well, and I was amazed and hooked!

I hope your stuff turns up soon. Does the missing include your kitchen? =( I made myself anxious by writing that.

Please write a full report as soon as you can. I like all the little details that make the whole experience--what does Italy smell like, taste like, and feel like. Are there cobblestones or dirt roads? Have you tried the local olive oil? Are people friendly? I can't wait to learn about those things! Welcome home!

BumbleVee said...

Oh no Lewis...look what I just discovered...looking for a link to what I thought was too good to be true.... guess it was. As usual. Don't buy one if you don't want Teflon. Even if they don't say the word...it is apparently the same product.... liars....

Swiss Diamond

Tablebread said...

Oh man! How crappy is that?!? Sorry to hear you already bought one :*(

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Finally a post from the elusive Lewis! Good to know that you'll be rocking the blogs soon!! Ciao for now!

Tablebread said...

Thanks for stopping in Passionate Baker! I can't wait to tell everyone about the cool stuff I've seen so far!

Big Boys Oven said...

At last you are back! Nice to read your post as always!

Food and Field said...

the bread looks great!

Jennifer & Sandi said...

Have I just stumbled into heaven? Did I hear the word.......BREAD????? Italy? How lucky is THAT!!!

I'll be back!

Blessings!

Jj said...

Italy sounds so wonderful - how fortunate you are to have this experience! Hope things are all pulling together and you can share some of it with us soon!

Passionate About Baking said...

helllllllllooooooooo!!

BumbleVee said...

Hi Lewis... just stopping in to see if you've posted anything. Nope...all is quiet... how is it going over there anyway? Got all organized? Doing any baking? having lots of fun? I sure hope you are....

I am baking regular loaves every couple of weeks... still haven't tried anything too complicated..but will when the weather turns cooler for sure. I love looking through my great books

The latest thing I tried not in the bread department was Empress Cookies.... yum...they were pretty darn tasty...