I’m back in my beloved Italy, and it’s so beautiful!
I arrived Monday, and my daughter Becky, her family, and I went out
to dinner in Cortona to celebrate Becky’s birthday. We ate
at La Loggiata, which is a terraced restaurant overlooking the main
piazza in Cortona. We had a wonderful beef filet, leek purée
with truffles, and Pecorino cheese with caramelized figs. Becky
introduced me to her favorite red wine, which is Amarone and very good.
I give La Loggiata a AA rating!
Celebrating Becky’s birthday in Cortona. L. to R.:
Me, my granddaughter Michela, my son-in-law Roberto Ghezzi, Roberto’s
mother Enza, my granddaughter Sofia, and my daughter Becky.
Those of you who have been to Cortona will recognize the clock tower
at City Hall. We could see it well from where we were sitting
at La Loggiata.
It was a perfect evening, and we were even serenaded
by circling swallows. Their song was more beautiful than the music
of André Rieu, who played a few years ago in the same piazza.
On Tuesday I started the watercolor for a new print edition that will
be the companion print to Secret
Garden. Stay tuned for a picture of My Tuscan Garden
In a couple weeks, we’ll be joined by my daughter Mary Donnelly
and her whole family, my son Chris and his whole family, my daughter
Ginny and her two children, and my brother Dan Buckley and his wife
Carolyn for the P. Buckley Moss
cruise on the Mediterranean. Ginny’s husband Corrado
Gabellieri won’t be joining us, however, as he will be busy getting
the P. Buckley Moss
Museum ready for the July
Barn Show and Museum Open House.
The day before I left for Italy, I went on Mathews County’s (Virginia)
Historic Home Tour with my daughter Patty and her friend Mary Morgan.
My assistant Tricia Miles was asked by her cousin Linda Ruth Revere
to be a hostess during the tour of her home Ivison Hall. There
were five homes on the tour, and proceeds from the ticket sales will
help to support the projects of the Mathews County Historical Society.
There is so much history in Mathews County and the surrounding area,
dating back to Colonial days, and many of the old homes in the county
have remained in the possession of the same family for generations.
It was so interesting to go through Ivison Hall and see family heirloom
antiques and old family photos that had been handed down through the
generations. What was even more amazing to me was that the hostesses,
all relatives or close friends of the homeowner, were able to say from
which ancestor a particular piece of furniture had originated.
No need to go out antiquing for this family!
My assistant Tricia Miles, left, and I are standing in “Clarence
and Minnie’s Bedroom”. It is believed that Clarence’s
fun-loving spirit still resides at Ivison Hall, particularly in this
One of the things I love about Mathews County is its
people. The natives of the county are fiercely proud of their
heritage, but they are not snobs. They greet family, neighbors,
and strangers alike with a smile and a wave and are quick to come with
food, flowers, tools, or tissues at the first sign of distress or need.