210,717 positives in Italy. Up 0.7%- 28,884 total deaths since beginning of the outbreak.
There are 1,394 positive cases in Umbria. 68 total deaths.
1,154,621 cases in the US – 67,451 deaths.
You may have noticed I’ve changed the title of my post this time to a new marker point. The first day of Phase 2 of the lockdown. We will have a good number of new freedoms. One is we can leave our Comune (Umbertide)… But we must stay in our region (Umbria). It feels like the whole world to me! Wow.
We got our weekly delivery from Calagrana. Ely added a couple of cute little loaf cakes. I tasted in and it tasted JUST like a Fig Newton cookie! I shared the other one with Joseph and Paul, dropping it on their steps. Also got a whole bunch of veggies, the sweetest strawberries, oranges, I see a fruit salad in my future! While delivering the cake, I stopped to take a few pictures around town. Beautiful day!
I thought this evening of having a spritz on the Piazza with Luther. A springtime ritual…and tears came to my eyes at how much we have lost 🥺 I guess in time, we will be able to do this again. Spero di si.
Dinner last night. It was a new Calagrana plan. Pre-packaged ingredients to cook your own dinner. Instructions provided. We had tagliata with arugula, tomatoes with cheese shavings along with roasted potatoes. Very yum. The quality of the ingredients is key! These were excellent.
You’ve probably notice I write my blogs on two days. I start right after I publish one post, and then continue with my thoughts during that day, and the next day I add anything new thoughts about the new day.
So now I am in a new day. The first day of actual Phase 2. Monday, May 4. This morning I woke to the noise of the construction equipment building some building behind us along the river. It has been silenced for these 2 months. I must say, they certainly wasted no time starting again! During the night I could hear the increased traffic on the nearby super strata. This morning, I stood on the terrace and realized how much I would miss the complete silence and the birdsong.
There are many people out in the Piazza. We spotted joggers by the river. And walkers. The two bars in the piazza have reopened I’m told. I haven’t been down yet. Luther said it’s not allowed but I’m told it is up to the Comune to decide. So I guess ours said it’s Ok. There is a limit of number of people coming in.
I admit it makes me nervous. Very nervous. Is it a new day dawning? Or can we just look forward to new lockdowns with a new wave? Only time will tell.
Stay safe my friends! 🌈
Thanks for subscribing! Elizabeth is super isn’t she? So beautiful at Alta Bella. My blog is just my musings. More for me personally during normal times, but with the pandemic people seemed interested so I’m posting everyday which isn’t normal. I usually post once a week, maximum. Keeping the journal during these times will enable me to go back and remember…once this thing is finally past. Take care and stay safe!
Hi, Nancy. So glad to receive your blog via Robin Kline. We are both friends of Elizabeth Wholey of Alta Bella.
I’ve subscribed to you, looking forward to reading more about you and Umbertide/Umbria. Thanks for your writing and photos. Antonia Allegra at the Treehouse
I will look for it. I have not noticed it…I believe there is a plaque by the tower door. I don’t remember it explaining but maybe I’m forgetting. I’ll post what I find out! Thanks!
Hi Anne, masks are required inside anyplace. But not required if you are outside. I note the majority of people do wear them all the time. I do as it seems to make others feel safer. It can’t hurt. Luther is out for his first jog even as I write 🙂 he is one happy camper. I’m meeting my friend tomorrow morning for my first freedom walk! Now we cross our fingers there won’t be a resurgence 🤞
I’m thinking there’s a plaque, maybe on the corner of the building with the Pagelli bridal shop, saying the church was removed but the bell tower remains.
Nancy, I really enjoy your posts. Congratulations on the beginning of Phase 2. Are they still recommending the wearing of masks when out on the piazza? Stay safe and our love to Luther. We hope he is enjoying the freedom to jog again!