Friends and family… this family are rather special to us here at home, Elena, Giulio’s mum came to stay with us from Italy, together with three other twentysomething girlfriends for a summer to learn English and work here in the Uk, about ten years ago now. Inspite of cramming them all into our loft room I think we all had a great time that summer , my own boys enjoyed their company too. The eldest was away at Uni – so they had his room, the second was eighteen and found having four Italian girls on his arm that summer a very attractive option! ( as you can imagine..) The younger two got on well with the girls also, doing their school homework and reading together, but loved it especially when the girls all played football with them, as they were all members of a ladies football team in Florence, and agreed to play football in the garden at any time of night or day- so that went down well! Now time has passed and Elena is now married to the wonderful Stefano, a fantasitc husband and professional chef who loves cooking even when he is on holiday… luckily for us! They pop over often as they love England and and its always wonderful to see them. Now of course they are three. I wanted to share this story with you, how friends can become more like your family and just how wonderful life can be! Let me introduce you to the cutest Little Italain I know…. Giulio.