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15.04.2018 The fence is finished at last, but the parking lot still needs some kind of surfacing - most likely gravel. It's amazing what sense of privacy such a simple thing as a fence can provide. The plot feels much more complete and private. There is still plenty of landscaping to do, and lots of soil to distribute and level. But now I will focus on getting the pool up and ready for summer

09.04.2018 Easter in Rome is always a wonderful experience and although we did have 1-1½ day of rain the weather was mostly nice and sunny. As always, we visited a few old favorites (Villa Adriana, Santa Maria Maggiore etc.) but also made time for something we hadn’t seen before: Palazzo Doria Pamphij, Palazzo Colonna, Ostia Antica and (long) day-trip by bus to Pompeii

09.04.2018 There has been little progress on the fence this past two weeks. The parking has been leveled and will be covered in gravel. Bibi and I got the first round of landscaping around the pool area done. The levels and slopes are almost correct, but the soil needs additional raking before we’re ready to sow the grass. We also need to finish the small foundation for the pump and filter (you can see the pipes sticking out of the ground)

26.03.2018 After two weeks the builder has completed the footings for the fence and the foundation for the pool, and the property looks transformed already. Where you see green poles we will have green chicken-wire fence. In front of the house we will have proper black metal fence and gate (which unfortunately was to expensive to do all around). Bibi and I started on the landscaping around the pool foundation, but it's hard work so will require a few weekends

12.03.2018 In both the last two weekends we had one day of torrential rain in Costarainera (something like 50mm on Sunday alone), so we're indoors most of the time. We moved the wine fridge from Torino and created a little Danish/Italian "hygge" corner. Today Monday 12th the builders are - at last - due to start on our fence, parking and the foundation for the wooden pool. Since I'm going to Detroit next week, we will have to wait and see how it turns out, but we're well exited

25.02.2018 Our grandson was officially baptised Aksel Skovdal Rosander at a lovely ceremony in Sofie's hometown of Kerteminde last weekend. At our house we are making preparations for the fence to the front of the property to go up in March. The planning approval took 5 months! Meanwhile I'm getting ready to close the awkward little corridor into the utility with a rustic bookcase made from re-cycled wood. Towards the utility will be an open IKEA cupboard for storage

03.02.2018 The 2018 Automotretro brought highlights from a Simca 1100 - in the exact same colour as my Mom used to have - to a €2-3m Alfa Romeo 8C, and lots of interesting vehicles in between. Prices seemed more reasonable this year, with “nice” Fiat 500's at €5-8k and several Fiat 124 Spider's below €20k, or how about a '97 Ducati Monster 900 for just €2.800 (if Bibi hadn't gone along, that bike was now mine). There was even a Proteus build Jaguar C-type replica (not for sale) and a few XK120's

15.01.2018 Nothing much has happened. The pool is ready for assembly, but we're waiting for planning permissions for the fence so we can get the pool foundation laid at the same time. Meanwhile we continue with various small projects, and we took a walk in our small local marina (we have two larger marinas either side of San Lorenzo al Mare). Our friends Kinga and Witek sent us a really nice surprise: a year's worth of English cheddar!

15.01.2018 Taking full advantage of the heat pumps keeping the house cozy and warm this winter, we enjoy almost every weekend in Costarainera. When the weather allows, we obviously try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Indoors, we have a long list of projects, but at the moment we’re just decorating and relaxing. We’re waiting for planning permission to put a fence up along the road, and at the same time Marco (the builder) will make the foundations for the above-ground wooden pool

06.01.2018 Around Savona we saw a huge number of broken or uprooted trees caused by the storm Eleanor, but fortunately our house was left undamaged. The storm did deposit a large amount of debris on our local beach, so we scavenged four large bags of assorted driftwood for future projects. The sun was out, so we made our first stop of the year by ice-cream bar on the way home. At home Bibi decorated the hallway, while I framed and hung some more pictures.

03.01.2018 We had a lovely Xmas with my parents in Barløse, where we also met Nicolaj, Sofie and our grandson Aksel. Later we drove to Randers to spend New Years with Lars & Helle, who decided that we should go to their summerhouse near Løkken in Northern Jutland. The weather wasn't too accommodating, so we spend most days indoors

16.12.2017 This year it seems we are going to get some proper winter in northern Italy. December has been cold and there is already snow in the mountains. In Costarainera we have seen 4°C which combined with 17m/s wind felt freezing cold. In preparation for summer, the blacksmith have put up 5 poles to support our sun shade sails on the two terraces. This will be the last update in 2017, so we wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

20.11.2017 We never got around to hanging much on the walls in our house in Costarainera, but this weekend we really made an effort. Some things are ”old friends” from Torino (or much older), and some things were acquired for the house. Bibi gave me a metal fish wall decoration for my birthday, so that went up first. Saturday was a bit gray and windy, but perfect for a walk along the seaside and a visit to a small recently re-opened local park.

20.11.2017 Autumn has come to Italy and we had our first day of rain in ages, so I decided to fit the glass mosaic tiles I bought for our kitchen splash back. It was a relatively straight forward job, and I'm pleased that the gaps seem very even so you can't spot the joints. We have also severely cut back the bushes and trees on the other side of the road to improve our sea view for the front porch and kitchen.

12.11.2017 While Bibi went to Denmark to see our new grandson (congrats to Sofie and Nicolaj!), I went to Milan for the motorcycle show. There were lots of new bikes, but I was particularly interested in the Triumph Explorer (I have one), the Honda Goldwing (I want one) and the new 650cc Royal Enfield twin (I have an old 500twin). There are always lots of “exotic” bikes and lycra-clad women in Milan, se if you're interested in either here are some 100+ pictures

02.11.2017 It's been an eventful week with Birgit visiting us, an extra long weekend to bridge a national Italian holiday, our 10 year wedding anniversary on 27th October and then Nicolaj and Sofie's son was born on 1st November. Birgit is now safely home after a lovely week blessed with sunny weather, and Bibi is planning to go to Denmark next week to see our first grandchild.

10.10.2017 It's been another lovely warm autumn weekend in Costarainera. We had hoped to go sailing on the last whale watching tour of the year from Imperia, but unfortunately it was too windy so the sailing was cancelled. Instead we went for a hike around Costarainera and Cipressa. Oh, and we finished yet another door (only four more to go now)

03.10.2017 The large yachts are returning to Imperia for the winter, and it’s a good opportunity to see some amazing boats. Bibi have picked all our homegrown olives which we hope to eat; and we continue sanding and oiling the doors (5 more left to go now). I have made two solar-battery-powered garden lanterns from green wine carboys found in the basement

26.09.2017 The pool has arrived, but we have decided to postpone the groundwork to January, so we can get the fence done at the same time (more about this later). The wooden pool has been laid out to dry and will be protected by a dark brown stain before installation. Meanwhile we continue sanding and oiling the windows and doors; and I bought a new terracotta table for the terrace

04.09.2017 Preparations for the 2017 Invitation Only International Pétanque Tournament, to take place in Costarainera 1st November 2017 have begun. The volunteers have cleared the terrain (track), new equipment has been ordered in from the United Kingdom, and on Sunday the first players began practicing

04.09.2017 We have realised that it will be years before we can afford a proper pool, so have decided to purchase a good quality above-ground wooden pool. The chosen location is right next to the terrace, where the pool is comfortably close but doesn't obstruct the views. Unfortunately we had to clear some plants to make way for the concrete foundations to be laid later this month

21.08.2017 Bussana Vecchia was destroyed by an earthquake in 1887 and left as a ghost town until 1959, when a group of artists moved in. Over the years most of the city has been made habitable, but it still has a wonderful medieval look and feel. Access is quite difficult, but with the scooter it's a short 30min ride away. We bought two geckos (surprise!) and a silly, funny little caricature tableaux of the Ligurian cost.

16.08.2017 Well, it hasen't all been about storage. We decided to install a 5x5x5m sun shade sail on the terrace, and it really is great - much better than any parasol. The front overhangs by the kitchen and basement stairwell needed painting, and there was a little bit or iron railing left to paint. After some windy days the sea has calmed down again and visibility is great ... so you get a few more pictures of fish!

14.08.2017 Storage. That's the best word to describe what we have been doing the first part of our holiday. We bought a large sliding door IKEA wardrobe for the master bedroom, and a slimmer but similar one for the single guest room. In addition we decided to put in two tall cupboards in the utility room. Of course there was also time to go to the beach every day, and out for dinner on a couple of occasions.