Abruzzo readingJust thinking back to my last weekend. After many of months of kids’ exams, kids’ sports competitions and my own work keeping me away from my preferred weekend getaway in the Apennine mountains of central Italy, I finally (!!!)  managed to escape the city.

The weekend was short, but enjoyable.

Here I am out-of-frame in this photo in happy camper mode.

You can’t see me, but I assure you I have a big smile on my face, as I’m taking a break along our bike ride from one medieval mountain town to another.

My kids are playing with a vortex (for those who follow track and field, this is what kids use to train for the javelin throw when they are younger), and I am happily lost in the pages of my novel, with this dramatic mountain backdrop all around me.

Not a computer, a Smart phone, a tablet or any similar electronic device anywhere in the vicinity. Just my kids, my sore muscles from all the biking, the occasional ‘traffic’ of  sheep passing by, the rustle of the mountain breeze through the wild flowers, and a good book.

In other words, a slice of heaven.

Wish I were back there right now. Happy reading to all – wherever you are …