Hello to everyone! My name is Marina and I’m 33. I’ve been living in Italy for almost 10 years. I’m married with a 4-year old daughter and since yesterday, with Sam, the rabbit. I studied in Sommelier academy in Rome and now work at one of the wineries of Cortona. I love my job and wine for me is a part of culture which, naturally, brings a lot of pleasure.
So, I want to show you how I spent December, 7th.
Usually I wake up at 7.30 but that day it was 8 a.m. when I woke up to the music playing at one of the music TV channels to put myself in a good spirit.
The first thing I do in the morning is making a coffee for myself and opening the window to check out weather. Nice view, isn’t it?
My coffee is ready.
This has been my regular breakfast for the last 15 years, a coffee and some muesli with nonfat yogurt.
I don’t watch Russian channels and find out about everything what happens there from LiveJournal.
Meet Alena. She’s already had her breakfast and it’s time for her to go to the kindergarten.
It’s absolutely impossible for a four-year old to choose what to wear. Despite all my arguments, the kid set her choice on a long pink ‘Hello Kitty’ dress.
The kindergarten is situated 300 meters away from home but we still have to drive there because there are no pavements for pedestrians and a lot of traffic on the road.
I know, I should have washed my car…
Children must wear a uniform, pink for girls and blue for boys.
On the left there’s the kindergarten and right next to it there’s a church.
Christmas is coming up and I can feel it in the air!
My garden. These are the only flowers which blossom in wintertime (rose and cyclamen).
I decide to clean up my kitchen while the child is away.
A small part of my large collection of corks.
It’s time for work and I have to choose photos for our new website.
My plans for the day changed when one of our clients called me and asked to bring him wine. But that’s Ok, because there are plenty of interesting places there too.
So, I jump into the shower!
A traditional Christmas photo…
In the car.
It turned out that taking photographs while driving is not that easy! And dangerous!
It takes me 15 minutes to get to the winery and this is the only traffic lights on my way.
Here it is!
It is a family winery. You won’t find our wine in stores because we produce high quality wine for restaurants and bars. Considering that owners of the winery live in Rome, my duties include organization of presentations and tastings, taking care of our ‘favorite’ clients and sometimes I even have to go to the vineyard to pick up grapes!
Luckily, now it’s low season so I have relatively little work to do.
The view of Cortona.
This villa was built in 1606!
Actually, it’s not the best time for photographing in Italy.
I don’t want to advertise our wine that’s why I won’t take photos of the tuns behind this door.
I have to get to the opposite side of this hill. Let’s go!
You should pass this road as quickly as possible because if you face a car, you’ll have to drive backwards because this road is ridiculously narrow!
This vineyard belongs to another winery but we’re still friends. Here I unloaded the wine.
This is an old vertical press. Many of the wineries have replaced it with modern ones and some keep it as a museum exhibit.
I’m heading to the restaurant.
This is an owner of the winery, restaurant and a hotel. His son and me develop a new wine project.
In the restaurant kitchen.
My dinner. Pasta with butteer and Parmesan. By the way, it is also a part of my job.
It’s not my arm, if you don’t know!
I’m back in the kitchen taking photos of the food.
I didn’t expect that!
Meanwhile, they keep decorating the backyard. This is the restaurant owner’s wife.
Apart from his wife, he loves falcons. This is Lila, his favorite.
Heading to get my child.
Landscapes on the way back are different.
25 minutes later I’m home.
Another unsuccessful try to take a good photo of myself.
I take Alya from the kindergarten to bring her together with her friend to a teaching center.
It began to rain.
Shopping at a grocery store while Alya is busy studying and playing at that center.
Taking all these pictures I forgot to buy many things!
Picking up Alya to bring her home.
For some ten minutes I was cleaning Alya’s room.
This is a present my child made for me at the center. Thank you, darling!
Back to work.
And my daughter’s drawing something.
It’s time for dinner.
Since my husband is at work, we can do with something simple. Alya’s going to have spinach with Mozzarella and chicken breast.
And that is my plate.
And some time for us. Just for us.
I read fairy tales to my daughter in both Russian and Italian.
A movie before sleep…
Thanks for spending this day with me!
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