Raising a glass (or two) in virtual aperitivi

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Aperitivi and a Negroni: the real thing!

What we miss most in our enforced incarceration in our adopted home city of Florence is the evening passeggiata and aperitivo. We used to enjoy a Negroni and prosecco in our favourite bar and, of course, ‘laughter and the love of friends’.

We have made up for that loss in some way by having ‘virtual aperitivi’ on our computers. We set up Zoom or WhatsApp (or rather the young and technically savvy Lois does; it’s rather beyond Bill these days) and sit in front of our computer where we can see our friends raising a glass, and they can see us too. Then we have a chat for 40 minutes or so, trying to avoid the topic of the dratted c*****v****s, not always successfully, but there is much bonhomie and laughter. Ain’t it amazing, this international communications on what Bill calls the interweb?

On Friday we were talking to two friends, Nick and Vivienne, who live near the Watermill in Lunigiana. During our conversation, Nick’s phone rang and it was his daughter Lucy, calling from the West Coast of North America. So we had a five-way intercontinental conversation! In the picture below (sorry about the quality), Nick holds up his mobile phone showing Lucy, while in the small screen in the top right-hand corner Lois and Bill look on.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

On Saturday night there was a three-way get-together, with two pairs of Florentine friends. It’s not quite as perfect as Negronis and prosecchi in the 19:26 bar, but is not a bad second-best.

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