Tuesday, April 3
Time: About 5pm in the afternoon
"Look, lots of letters! Can I climb up Mummy?"
"No, you know you're not allowed to sit on the tombs."
"Because they are full of skeletons and you must never sit on skeletons. They don't like people sitting on them"
"Oops! Oh no! Look Mummy, the letters come off. I've got an 'O'!"
"Hmmm, so the letters come off do they? Carlo, can I rearrange all the words?"
"No! They are not fridge magnets. Put the 'O' back and behave yourselves, both of you!"
"Daddy can we play hide and seek now?"
"Sorry, not now, I've got a hole to dig. Ask Mummy."
Time: Nearly midnight
Location: In bed
"Nik? How do you say resumzione in English?"
"Um, exhume or dig up I suppose..."
"Nik? How do you say il corpo in English?"
"The body, you should know that!" (Slight pause)"Hang on...dig up the body? You can't say that, it sounds awful! Wait, um....bones! Yes Say 'dig up the bones'."
"Yeah, you're right...in...Italy...we..exhume de bones aaf-ter some years. Is that OK?"
"Fine. Can we talk about something else now before I try to sleep please?"
at 1:50 PM