I am guilty of blogging laziness these days. I have to say that it might be because I haven’t been out of the house much lately. I am less than 10 days away from my due date (Dec. 7), and I am essentially sitting on the sofa waiting around for this baby to show up, when I am not at the hospital for some check-up! He seems to be incredibly comfortable in there, so I guess he will keep us waiting for another little while.
For the first time in 17 years, I have had the chance to spend October and November in my home village and see the fall “happen” in the countryside, rather than in the city. It has been a very unusual fall for sure: almost summer-like in October, and still very warm in November; not a drop of rain, the trees just starting to turn brown at the end of the month… But it has been pleasant. I haven’t needed to wear a winter coat yet. Which is good… as my winter coat doesn’t even button anymore…! I have to walk with my baby bump hanging out of it!!!
Anyway, I am ready for some Christmas atmosphere now! My favourite shop in the village, Fiori e Dintorni, is all beautifully decorated and packed with great Christmas stuff! My last project before the baby comes is to decorate the house, so this week I need to get a Christmas tree (and shop around for some new decorations… a yearly pleasure!).
Tomorrow Tuscany celebrates Festa della Toscana: the anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty and torture in 1786. Tuscany was the first “country” to end capital punishment, and this, I believe, is a good reason to be very proud! We won’t do anything special, I guess, but it’s a nice feeling to know that you are from a place that has supported the value human life for 225 years!