saying goodbye, Sicilian style


Oh, sigh… bittersweet pictures.  They’re from a goodbye party for some of our very dear friends — Emily, Nathan, and their little daughter Ava — who left Sicily last week.  I still can’t believe they’re gone!  Emily and Ava came up to my house every single Wednesday to play and visit.  This Wednesday is going to be especially glum.

They did host a fabulous goodbye party for themselves, though.  The location they chose was the farm of Mariska and Emilio, an Italian and Swiss couple whose beautiful farm — Azienda Agricola Infantino — is hidden away in the rolling green hills of Sicily.  Mariska and Emilio host groups for al fresco lunches and dinners, offer Italian cooking classes, and sell their delicious olive oil online.

We spent a late April afternoon there, soaking up the sun and eating pasta with half-a-dozen different sauces.   The children jumped on the trampoline and played with the animals; the adults traded off child duty and otherwise sat in the shade and drank wine.  If there is a good way to leave Sicily, I think our friends found it!


^ The town of Mineo is perched on the hill behind Nancy and Becca.


^ Trampoline time… for hours!  The farm owners’ daughter fell in love with Lena.


^ Awesome truck, regal turkey.


^ Bethany and Emily before lunch was served outside.


^ On the right, this is how you drain a pot of pasta for 30 people!


^ Cramped photo of my lunch.  I’m learning it’s very hard to take pictures with a baby in your arms!


^ Four-week-old kittens!


^ Mama spotted us humans with her baby, gathered him up by the scruff of his neck, and carried him back to his nest.






^ Gil, just chillin’ and blowing spit bubbles (his new thing).


Happy trails, dear friend!  Can’t wait to see you soon in your new digs.

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  1. Lucy May 7, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    I’m sad with you that the Wittcamps have moved. You’ve captured this delightful afternoon so completely. I’d love to play badminton with Lena, taste every one of the pasta sauces, and hold the kitten before his mom takes off with him!

    • Becca May 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Maybe we can go there for lunch when you come again… which will be soon, I hope!

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