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An afternoon in Autumn by Immacolata Amorelli Cretella

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  • Prickly pears, peeled.
  • Tore, short for Salvatore (Our Lord the Saviour), did the press-ganger on me:-

    "Ma posa 'sta maledetta macchina fotografica. Vuoi mangiare? Ajò... sbuccia!"
    [trad.approx: Put down that damned camera. You want to eat? Come on then... peel!"]
  • But as a reward, I got Nutella, too. I am seriously greedy, and he knows it.
  • And then there were mushrooms to pick.

    Some were very odd indeed.

    So we left them alone.
  • And then the boys were let off to play as little boys will.
  • And Texan Star was lookout.
  • What this story means to me:-
    the open air
    a safe haven
    simple pleasures
    good people
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