The Island of Vulcano. If you’ve read Roman mythology you’ll be familiar with Thermessa or Vulcano. It was the abode of Vulcan, the Roman God of Fire, and also the entrance to Hades. It is a volcanic island and Thucydides, Siculus and Aristotle have recorded eruptions.
It's where the word volcano comes from.. I have been informed.
Mud bath and quading biking cross country if they have chance this afternoon!
Transfer day today.. as DD waves good-bye to Sorrento she heads further south to Positano and a tour along the Almalfi Coast.
After settling in it's time for a coastal walk along the limestone cliffs and a visit to the Emerald Grotto.
The Grotto dello Smeraldo is a spectacular sea cavern located in the Conca dei Marini and is known as the 'Emerald Grotto', getting its name from the rich green colour of its pretty sandy floor. Reached by either boat or bus, the Grotto dello Smeraldo is one sight not to miss and inside you will discover some huge stalagmites and stalactites.
Another highlight of my daughter's trip!
(I still can't get over the fee for parking a coach for the day! £900)
Day 3 already?! Today my daughter is visiting Herculaneum an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows AD 79.
It is most famous for having been lost, along with Pompeii, Stabiae and Oplontis, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius beginning on August 24, AD 79, which buried them in superheated pyroclastic material that has solidified into volcanic tuff.
Pyroclastic flow..doesn't mean a thing to me but I know my daughter will be happy to see some IRL!
Today also sees my daughter visiting Solfatara a shallow volcanic crater at Pozzuoli near Naples (part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. Solfatara is a dormant volcano, which still emits jets of steam with sulphurous fumes.
Should I share my good news or my bad news with you first?? Lets, get the bad stuff out of the way!
It was only in the early hours of last Friday morning that we had to deal with a fire outside our window and now tonight.. just look at THIS!
Just as we have been coming to terms with the flashbacks we breathed a sigh of relief a week on.. and now we are having to deal with more upheaval.. this work was scheduled for the 20th June in a letter we received one day ago! Why dig up now on the 10th June? on a Friday?? It did take them a whole nosiy day to produce about 6 holes this size on the street.. this is 'ours'
not quite sure how they managed to dig 'around' the smoke damaged spot of last Friday's fireball! but they managed it!!
our matching 'hole' across the road :( and a teeny weeny one to keep it company!
I pray the emergency services don't need to come past in a hurry in the next few weeks.. look at the size of the gap!
I hope they don't work weekends!!
I did have some 'nice' stuff that happened this week. Yeah! (my Birthday! she whispers... I said I didn't want anymore!!)but.............. that got spoilt by the glass repairers on the morning of my birthday giving us an hours notice that they were comming to repair the broken windows from the fire.. we were told it would be Friday.. did the glass repairers have a crystal ball and know they wouldn't have been able to get near our windows today????
No matter what has happened this week I can't tell you how grateful I am for the kind wishes we have received since the terrifying fire. I appreciate everyones messages and emails. Thank you so much.
I was speechless when I opened this gorgeous card all the way from the Netherlands..
Thank You so much Nellie.. your card made me smile and your sweet message too..xx
I have been so lucky to have had lots of lovely post arriving this week.
A very special Thank You for all the beautiful hand-made birthday cards that came through the door. It was such a great pleasure to receive them.
Thank You! XXX
These are some of my beautiful cards that I received..
What can I say! A Wonderful surprise indeed this week to receive
Thank You Bubblies.. I LOVE and adore all your beautiful hand-made cards.XXX
I am so excited to share with you some of the beautiful gifts I received.. can't believe I forgot to include the Dylusions sprays.. they have been already whisked away and added to my ink box!! Special Thanks to Ben for finding something I have been searching for everywhere! AFTH came up trumps!
I also received a fabulous gift voucher to spend at The Craft Barn and some gorgeous images and die-cuts to play with.. THANK YOU.XXXXX
Even though my birthday, day didn't go to plan I had a fantastic day last Monday spent in the company of one very special lady friend She ♥♥♥ I was very lucky indeed to meet up with the fabulously talented Sheila and spend the whole day at Oswaldtwistle Mills (Sheila is a warm, bubbly person who glows with happiness which can't help but rub off onto you! It did me a world of good to spend some quality time with She and also my daughter and youngest son. A fabulous time was had by all!
(I have just been over to Sheila's blog to collect a link for here.. and I am smiling all over remembering our wonderful day.. I was quite surprised to see how awful I look on photos!!!... not sure I want to share the link with you now!!! rofl!!!)
Sheila presented me with some of her gorgeous artwork..how lucky am I?!!
a fabulous guardian angel canvas!
I shall treasure it always :-D
a card to open when we met :)
Sheila also made me a beautiful birthday card
and presented me with my grungy chunky book..
The book was bound and the covers hand-made by Sheila..how beautiful they look :-)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ALL THE PAGES in my book and promise to share them with you soon..along with the pages I made too :-)
My book is truly an AMAZING work of art and I adore it madly.. THANK YOU everyone in the swap.XXXXX
I've one more thing to share with you tonight..now this morning..
sent me the most beautiful card and gift along with some wool my children bought me for my birthday from Carolyn's Etsy shop.. take a look if you get the chance.. Carolyn has some wonderful goodies planned for her shop :-)
OOOOOOH I LOVE this wool.... save me some if you can!!!!
Promise I'm going to shut up now.. I am sooo tired!
I started this post 2 hours ago can you believe it!! I know I probably shouldn't have left a space between the word copy right.. at the time I was trying to spread it out across the pic.. now I've uploaded the pics I thought how silly am I? at 1.42am please forgive me..
I have so many personal emails and Thank You's I want to send and promise to write to everyone over the weekend.. Thank you for taking the time to read through my mega post! One thing blogging my week has helped me to realise is that the 'good things' have wayyyy out weighed the bad things this week.
Thank You Everyone from the bottom of my heart for making the BEST bits of this week WONDERFUL.XXXX
Nearly forgot to show you these.... gorgeous flowers that arrived through the post! Have I been spoilt or what!
Special Thank You for everyone's birthday wishes over on my crafty blog.xxx