I was 6 or 7 when this photo was taken. I was in Italy with my childminder Celia (far left) visiting her son in law Giovanni Felice’s (now known as Philip) family. Philip was married to Celia’s daughter Pat (swipe left) and it was a great adventure to travel so far by car from England to Sant Anatolia. My eldest sister Lynne had been on the same voyage the year before Pat and Philip got married - and the story goes that she had to act as a chaperone. Swipe left to see my sister sat on a small hill, and also coming out of a church with a fab 1950’s dress on, with Pat. Sadly, both Pat and my sister Lynne are not with us now 😞 RIP, but we have their wonderful accounts of the trip secured.
So when I was there, I can’t remember being homesick, but I vividly recall Philip’s old mother wringing the neck of a chicken that had been scratching around 5 mins before, right in front of me. I remember bottles of ice cold Orangina stored in the cellar, and the flies that lit up at night.
Well, I’m on my way back there right now. We go frequently and I love seeing the same family as they get older, with us. This year @gillbyrom is joining us for a week, so we’ll have time to chat and relax. And with those older family members, recount the tales again. 🇮🇹 #memories #italy
We’ve surely had an emotional but happy 24 hours with my French family (see stories) and now off to Italy via the French Alps. What a treat.
1970 - in an Irish club in Leeds. I was 15, and with my French penpal Genevieve, and my Irish Dad’s Uncle Joe.
So check my stories and you’ll see why I shared this old photo, and why it’s significant today... #memories #penpals #france #friendship #sheenabyrom
This is my favourite car. Just spotted this outside our hotel just now. That’s because it was my very first car, and it gave me freedom when my children were small. We struggled for money, but could afford a 2CV.
We bought it when our 3rd child @tombyrom83 was small, and it revolutionised my life. I could take our 3 children to school, on picnics, and we LOVED it 🙋🏻♀️ 🚗 #citroen2cv