Beyond the earthquake…

Since the earthquake, my family’s house in Italy remains too damaged to stay in. Much of the village remains empty. And now, thieves have broken into the house. They mainly upturned drawers adding to the mess of earthquake damage, since belongings inside are mostly of sentimental value, but of course it is another blow.

For the past week, my cousin has been there cleaning up and an unexpected side to what’s happened is that she’s come across old documents, letters written by our great-grandparents and photographs, including this lovely find!

My mother (on the left) was just twenty-two at the time when she and my Dad were the first to travel back to the house after the family migrated to Australia decades earlier. Pierina (on the right) is the relative who lived in the house and kept it maintained all those years before the family could return. This was taken in Fossa just before Christmas in 1970.


Filed under art + photographs, italy

13 responses to “Beyond the earthquake…

  1. What a lovely find! It is terrible that there has been so little progress after the earthquake.

  2. Sorry to hear about the break-in, but great that it has led to more snippets of the past.

  3. How awful! The photo is wonderful! Hope something gets done soon for the people of Fossa!

  4. augudm

    Two wonderful people in the photo with big smiles. On the left Zoe’s lovely mother.

  5. augudm

    My mother knew Pierina and her family. I also met her and the last time I saw her was in 1974. Augusto

  6. Ian Tannahill

    What a lovely photograph. I am annoyed that thieves thought that it was ok for them to break in to the house and make a mess. However, from something bad, something good has happened in the form of this lovely photograph. Simply precious!

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