Friday, 17 November 2017

Janet's Abruzzo Edublog is 9 years old!

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Janet's Abruzzo Edublog is now officially 9 years old!  My very first post was on November 8th 2008.  It was a short and simple introduction.  I remember feeling a bit nervous yet at the same time, very excited about taking such an enormous step in publishing to the world for the first time.

Back in those days I was a technophobe and did not possess much confidence in using the web.  That all changed when I took an informative and excellent course on Blogs with The Consultants-e.  I had a knowledgeable, friendly and sympathetic tutor, and my coursemates were all in the same boat as me.  This was a huge confidence booster and I loved every moment of the course.  It opened up new possibilities and awakened a passion for writing which had long been dormant.

I clearly remember pressing the 'Post' button on that life-changing day on 8th November 2008 and the feeling of exhilaration when the deed was done. It was a definite 'Feel the fear and do it anyway' kind of moment, and I have no regrets!

Thanks so much to my blog readers and for all the comments thoughout the years which have encouraged me to keep going.  I have learned so much from everyone!

A special mention goes to my dear friend and fellow blogger Natasa, who left me a message on my previous post.  That has inspired me to write this post today, so I would like to say a personal thanks to you!!  I hope we both carry on blogging for many years to come!

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

It's been a while......

.........since I last posted, and I am now going to set thngs right, before even more time passes.

The honest reason for my recent lack of posts is that I simply lost 'the flow'.  I have discovered over the years that writing blog posts is a special art form and you need to be creative and be in the right frame of mind.

I have decided to reignite this lost 'flow' by planning to write 5 special posts, over the coming weeks, on topics which have inspired me recently.

  • Summer school teaching at the Lake School of English, Oxford
  • Lake School of English successful BC Inspection result, and 40th Anniversary in 2018
  • Bumper Olive picking harvest November 2017
  • Little Free Library of Abruzzo Initiative
  • Roccascalegna Castle, Abruzzo
Watch this space!!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

IATEFL Glasgow April 2017

It's been a long time since my last posting but now is the time to begin again.  It is the IATEFL conference in Glasgow this year and it starts on April 3 and runs until April 7.
It's going to be an action-packed event with guest speakers from around the world.  Sadly I won't be in Glasgow in person this year, but I hope to catch a few of the sessions online from the comfort of my own home.
On each day of the conference you will be able to watch live coverage from 09:00 to 17:00 GMT.

Live coverage starts on April 3.  More information on how to view the event here:

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Amalfi, Villa Rina

Touring the Amalfi Coast by motorbike was a wonderful experience, if a little bit hair raising, especially on the many hairpin bends along the 40 kilometre coastal route!

We booked a one-night stay at Villa Rina. Below a youtube video from the website, which shows you exactly what it is like.  We enjoyed our short stay very much indeed!!!

Reading reviews about the famous 400 steps to get to the villa, was a good preparation, and the walk was not so bad.  We passed stunning views along the way!

The entrance to Villa Rina,

 with a few more steps beyond it....

A one night stay at Villa Rina high on the cliff top overlooking the sea, was peaceful and energising.  We stayed in the room called Positano, and it was fantastic.

We were welcomed warmly by Rina, the friendly and charming owner of the villa. She was waiting for us with a jug of her delicious and freshly made lemonade.  We had parked the motorbike in a secure garage below on the seafront, and at 20 Euros a day this is a bargain compared to the 2 euros per hour unsecured parking on the street if you are lucky enough to get a parking space in the centre of Amalfi.

We had dinner at the villa as a special anniversary treat, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable affair.  Rina is an amazing cook and she prepared some wonderful dishes including bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and basil, stuffed aubergine with pecorino cheese, fried mozarella in breadcrumbs, then delicious cannelloni as a main course, then very tasty meatballs on a vine leaf, with a homemade strawberry dessert.  All this was washed down with a lovely jug of homemade wine, and then finishing off with Rina's special Limoncello.  We were totally full up after this spledid feast!!

The appetizing breakfast the following morning was a real treat, with Rina's homemade jam to go with the fresh croissants and toast, totally delicious.
After breakfast we took the downhill coastal path to get to Amalfi centre to do a bit more sightseeing.

Visiting the Paper Museum wasfascinating....

.... and I treated myself to some beautiful handcrafted paper produced locally in Amalfi.

and along the way, away from the crowds of tourists, we came across this neat model village of Amalfi.

The cathedral was well worth visiting and one of the sightseeing highlights of the trip.

Another highlight was seeing lovely lemons everywhere, the scent was so nice!!

I bought some to take back with us, and I will be doing chicken with lemon, salad with lemon, and pasta 'al limone' for a little while!!  Admiring the many lemons along the way to Villa Rina,

View of Amalfi port below.

We had to go through this tunnel to get to the centre.

Villa Rina is right at the top of the cliff.

The view of the sea from high above was breathtaking!

We enjoyed a nice meal on the sea front at La Marinella Restaurant with beautiful views of the beach and saw all the tourist boats arriving and leaving.

All in all a wonderful trip to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary.  I was thrilled that we travelled by motorbike, as it gave us a unique advantage in enjoying the coastal road.  For me as a pillion rider it was exciting, however, it must have been quite challenging as a rider, but K coped admirably with the chaotic traffic, narrow roads and hairpin bends!

I would love to visit Naples, see Pompei and Mount Vesuvius and explore the Amalfi Coast further on a future trip.

Friday, 8 April 2016

IATEFL Birmingham 2016

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This year IATEFL will be holding its annual teachers' conference from 13th - 16th April in Birmingham, and I am happy to be attending on one of the days.  You can attend online if you are not able to be there personally, by simply clicking the link below for more information:

Hopefully I will write up my impressions of sessions I attend once I am back in Abruzzo.

I am looking forward to this great event, and hope to meet up with people I know such as members of my PLN, fellow bloggers, and colleagues.  It would be interesting to meet new people as well.

Maybe see you there :-)