FOR THE LONGEST TIME – AND I MEAN THE LONGEST – I’VE WANTED TO STAY IN AN ITALIAN VILLA AND SPECIFICALLY VISIT SARDINIA.
I’ve no idea why Sardinia has always held such a fascination but I am desperate to go. I’ve just spent a rather lovely half hour [hesitates to admit how long she REALLY spent]
salivating over perusing the Clickstay site trying to select an Italian villa. Apart from it being rather appropriate to have a good gawp at stunning Italian scenery whilst drinking a cappuccino, that most Italian of beverages, I do actually have a couple of bona fide excuses for taking a good look at their site and picking out my ideal accommodation!
Firstly, believe it or not, my husband and I have not managed to take the kids away for a holiday in three years. To say we are desperate to get away is frankly #TheUnderstatementOfTheYear
Secondly, my brother got married just a couple of weeks ago.
IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE WHOLE FAMILY (MY SISTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, HUBSTER AND MY KIDS, MY BROTHER AND OF COURSE PARENTS) HAD ALL GATHERED TOGETHER IN
…wait for it…drumroll…five years. YES FIVE! #Bonkers Sorry I feel a second hashtag was more than justified there! Why? I’ve lost three friends too soon and seen our family suffer an awful bereavement just eight months before my brother’s wedding. If there is ONE thing that is more obvious than the fetching dark circles under my eyes due to up-til-crazy-oclock-blogging, it is this:
However, as two of us live out of the UK, some of us have school age children, one of us has a tiny baby, some of us get limited annual leave and so on, getting together is not the easiest of feats.
SOON AFTER THE EXHAUSTING WEDDING WEEK, EVERYONE WENT BACK TO THEIR LIVES AND MUM SENT US ALL A HEART MELTING MESSAGE.
My parents (third and fourth from the right in the back row) are now 72 and 79 and mum has pointed out that none of us knows what is around the corner and nobody is getting younger (ain’t that the truth). The woman who never asks for anything has made one request: that we all get together for a big fat family holiday this year…the first in nine years and certainly the first with all the grandchildren. The general consensus is that somewhere in the Mediterranean would be logical and I was tasked with sourcing a villa/farmhouse etc. Naturally, given my Sardinia fixation, I am leaning towards an Italian villa!
TADAAAA…ENTER CLICKSTAY VILLAS!
SEE? I told you I had a good reason for
wasting time fantasising doing my Very. Important. Research.
So given that there are a few of us, I think a good option would be this rather splendid Italian villa right here. Admittedly, it doesn’t accommodate all of us but I’m sure we’d find extra nearby options for the rest of us. Where there’s a will there’s a way!
NOW, FIRMLY BELIEVING IN PLAN B, I HAVE THOUGHT OF WHO I’D INVITE TO MY ITALIAN VILLA IF MY FAMILY WERE UNABLE TO MAKE IT.
These are the fine people I class as my dream dinner party guests because of the awesome company, amazing stories and rewarding conversation I think they’d provide. I’m pretty sure a villa of this size has a table for twelve.
Tina Fey My comedy inspiration. There are no words to describe how wonderfully hilarious and fiercely intelligent I find this woman.
Janet Evanovich Sadly I barely these days. But in my bookworm days, I discovered Evanovich’s utterly fantastic Stephanie Plum character and was hooked. This would be an opportunity to thank her for her great wit (and get some tips about becoming a published author ahem).
India Knight The first columnist I read regularly, in the luxurious pre-children days of relaxing on the sofa and reading the Sunday papers. A bit of a writing role model to be honest.
Jeff Bridges, Stanley Tucci, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet Power house actors who have truly earned their many successes by commanding the screen in any film they star in, bringing scripts and characters to life. Not 15 minute sensations. So much charisma and genuine talent in the room; I’d be in heaven.
Carly Simon She may be a songstress from yesteryear who probably has to be coaxed into singing in public again but I can be very persuasive 🙂 and how incredible would her stories be about the jetset she used to rub shoulders with?!
Bono Ah the man responsible for so many songs that are the soundtrack to my life. Still oddly sexy despite being a bit wrinkly (it must be those glasses), a human with a social conscience and can you imagine how good he and Carly would sound duetting together? Does it get much better than that?
Jon Hamm Okay it just got better than that. I’m trying to think of a cerebral reason for inviting him but you’d see right through it. No he’s not sitting with the other actors thanks; this one’s right next to me. So we can talk about his acting. Of course. Why? What did you think I meant? Honestly!
I’VE ALSO THOUGHT ABOUT THE FEAST I SHOULD RUSTLE UP FOR THEM.
As far as dinner party menus go, I’m a big believer in ‘stick to what you know’ and ‘simple is best’ rather than trying out something new and complicated on one’s guests!
These have always worked for me:
If you want to know how I make that TO DIE FOR dessert, check out my recipe here
So there we have it. Good food, great company and a fantastic location. Does it get any better than that?!