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On the 29th July this year, our lives changed forever. Subsequently we’ve had quite a big break from blogging and can’t honestly tell you when we will be back to our regular schedule. On the 29th July we lost one of our biggest inspirations, one of our greatest motivators and someone who made our life magical just by being him. We lost our Grandad. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. We were four days away from going home, back to the UK, after being away for seven months. Four days away from getting to cuddle him, cook with him and just spend time with him. So, this post hasn’t been an easy one to get our heads round and we’re not sure we’ll actually be able to express everything we feel right now, but at the same time, we couldn't possibly continue with any posts without taking the time to write one about Grandad. We're still going to be talking about him constantly and in time, get back to sharing the recipes we treasure, but for right now we just wanted to express our love from the rooftops to the man we feel truly blessed to call our Grandad. You only have to glance at our blog to see that he was a huge part of it, from the family stories, photos and recipes, him, our Nanna and our family in general are simply everything to us. And Grandad was, and will always be, a piece of our heart that will never stop beating.

Our Grandad Salvatore was an amazing man who cared about two things more than anything in life; his family and food – the fig doesn’t fall far from the fig tree! He was born in Italy, went to college to train as a chef, spent two years in the army and traveled all around Europe working in the catering department in hotels, before bringing his wife Vincenza to England in 1960. In England they had three children and opened a restaurant, ‘The Red Rose’ in Heaton Moor, Stockport, which they had for almost twenty years. The Red Rose is still talked about to this day. No one can cook like our Nanna and Grandad. Furthermore, Grandad treated customers like family, he was generous, entertaining and welcomed everyone. We’ve grown up hearing countless stories about the restaurant and learning recipe after recipe from Grandad, most of which will be in a cookbook very soon. Our favourite place in the world is Nanna and Grandad’s house, where we’ve spent hour after hour curled up on the couch watching Italian TV, eating Biscotti and listening to Grandad’s stories, of which he would tell us over and over again and we would never tire of. He was 91 years and 6 months old when he passed away and although some may think ‘oh so it was expected?’ No it really wasn’t. He was doing well, he was passionate about life and he wasn't ready. We weren't ready. We know we were lucky, because besides hearing and sight issues, as well as the problems you may accumulate at 91, Grandad was mentally as smart as ever. We know we were blessed to have him for so long, but that hasn't made this any easier. We are beyond grateful to our little sister, as over the years we have been away she has kept us connected with Skype, phone calls, Voxer messages. There wasn't a day that went by where we didn't get to see pictures, chat to him and tell him what we were up to. Jen, we don't feel we could ever repay you. We treasure every moment, every second we got to spend time with him, learn and cook, laugh, cuddle and talk over our 29 years. He was just so incredible. When he was around his family, telling us stories, jokes and giving us instructions on how to cook he was happy. 


This summer we had planned on making all the things we’ve been sharing with you on this blog for Grandad. We wanted to surprise him with Pizza and Gnocchi and let him be the taste tester. Yes, we’ve made them with him countless times before but making them unsupervised is a whole other kettle of fish! We wanted to show him we could do it and were counting down the days like we always do before a trip home. Instead we spent every minute with our Nanna and our family, chatting about Grandad, looking at old photos, hearing Nanna talk about how her and Grandad got together and making sure to look after our family and help them with all that needed organizing to give Grandad the best send off. We’ve been through every emotion possible, from anger and frustration, to pain and sadness but the one that stands out the most is complete and utter heartbreak. A little light in our lives has gone out and we're not quite sure how to get it back. We do know that we are lucky, extremely lucky that Grandad was ours and we still get to call him ours. There is so much love in our hearts that we do still feel like he is with us. 

We have appreciated all the messages and tweets from everybody and in time we want to share more stories and maybe more recipes, as we have so many. We know there are so many happy times to talk about and we know without a shadow of a doubt how fortunate we are to have known such an amazing man for so long. There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t think about him, but that’s nothing new. We love him more than words could ever say.


Over the next few weeks we will be posting book reviews, as we have a few that didn’t make it up last month, as well as books that need reading and reviewing, we're slowly getting back into it. Other than that we have a cookbook to finish editing and other projects to work on which are our main priorities right now.

Before we go we just want to reach out to anyone who maybe going through, or who has been through, a devastating loss and tell you that our thoughts and hearts are with you. If you need a listening ear, we’re here for you, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here if you need anything. <3


Lots of Love

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  1. Sending lots of love to you girls! I'm so sorry you've had to go through such a hard time. I'm here if you ever need anything or just wanna chat :)
    Steph xoxox

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    1. Thank you so much Steph. We appreciate it so much! Sending lots of love to you too. xx

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  2. Lucy and Kelly,
    I honestly cannot even begin to express how sad I am for your loss. I suspected something was wrong when I didn't see you two posting on social media. But I had hoped it was nothing bad. I know how incredibly close you are to your grandparents and I could always feel the immense love you all shared. Your grand dad sounds like he lived a beautiful, happy life and gave a lot of good to the world. What a wonderful man he must have been. How blessed you all were to have each other in your lives. There's no way you'll ever be able to heal completely but knowing that he still lives on inside of you makes all the difference.I'm sure he knew how much you two loved him. It is so obvious just by looking at these wonderful photos. You cherished every moment with him and I'm sure he'd want you to continue cherishing every moment of life. I wish I could take all your pain away but I'm thinking of both of you and your family during this very difficult time. <3

    Much love, Victoria

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    1. Victoria, we can't possibly express the gratitude we have in our hearts for your beautiful comment. Grandad did indeed bring so much good in to this world and lived an amazing life. He was just so incredibly wonderful and we miss him more and more each day. But your words really mean a lot to us, thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We loved and still love him with all that we are and hope to share more fun and happy times here soon. But again thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope you are doing well! Thinking of you and sending all our love. xxx

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