Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 16, 2018

Fly away

I head off for Italy very soon. Brisbane is putting on a lovely send off for me. The river and the city light up each night as part of Brisbane Festival.













Brisbane is a beautiful city. I have enjoyed being home for our glorious winter. The weather has been perfect, warm sunny days and cool nights, just the way I like it.  We need rain badly and with some luck spring rain should start soon as I look forward to autumn in Italy.

I am keen to get back to my garden at Casa Debbio to see how it has survived the summer. There are lots of lavender plants to prune and some beautiful season change to enjoy…there will be photos.

There is still time to catch the events at Brisbane Festival.


  1. Tough. Winter in Brisbane and Spring and Autumn in Bagni di Lucca. Someone has to do it. Lucky you – and you do it very well. Waiting on your first post about the garden at Casa Debbio. Travel safe.

    • Thank you. I know Filippo will have done a great job with the garden and I can’t wait to wander along the lavender rows and take in the gorgeous fragrance.

  2. Dear old Brissie putting on a show!!

    • Brisbane is looking good.

  3. Dear Debra: Thanks for your farewell photos of our city. It was a pleasure to have met you and had that wonderful luncheon at The Greek Club and for you to meet my friends Annie and Richard. Look forward to reports from Italy. Bon Voyage Kevin Palmer

    • It was lovely to meet you too and hear more about your wonderfully interesting life. See you when I get back.

  4. Safe travels … and that’s quite the send-off Brisbane did for you!

    • Yes, I feel quite chuffed.

  5. Nice pics! I’m headed to Brisbane in November 🙂

    • Brisbane is great. I’m sure you will love it. I will be back early November.

  6. Have a great trip!

    • Thank you. I am keen to be back.

  7. Great shots! Hope you are back soon. There are some great new restaurants to try.

    • Thank you. We have had some great new restaurants open recently. I do keep an eye on your posts. I have been trying to fit in as many as I can before I go back to Italy. I will be back in early November to try some more of the new ones as well as my favourites. We are certainly spoilt for choice. I love the W and Brisbane Quarter and am very keen to see the Calile open when I return.

      • Stay tuned to my posts. I’m going to the Calile as soon as it opens!

      • I will be watching. My sister’s wine, Curly Flat is going to be in the hotel. She is very excited.

      • I’ll look out for it!

  8. Brisbane looks lovely! Looking forward to seeing the garden at Casa Debbio.

    • Brisbane is great! I am very keen to show you my garden.

  9. Looks like We’ll be missing your return to Bagni di Lucca as we missed your departure. Would have liked to have met you since I’ve been reading your blog since our first trip here for the summer of 2014. We arrived just after you left and we’ll be leaving this Saturday morning. One of your compatriots pointed out your home overlooking the bridge. Lovely location. Enjoy the fall here. The weather has been magnificent..except for the constant skies with white puffy clouds almost everyday. In three months I don’t think that there was more than 3-4 rainy days. Welcome back. We’re returning home to Long Island New York.

    • I will arrive on Friday evening. I thought there had been more rain this summer. Last year there was a drought for the whole year. I avoid summer in Italy, it is much too hot for me. I love the winter, spring and autumn.
      If you are around Bar Italia for a coffee on Saturday morning I might see you there.

  10. Lucky you, from a thrilling send off to your enchanted garden – enjoy every minute

  11. Safe travels back to Bagni di Lucca. I had hoped to meet with you in Brisbane but there has been so much to do since we returned that the time has flown. We return to Pian di Molino late October and are staying till mid January hoping to be in time to prune our lavender before it becomes too hot. Maybe we can meet in Spring to talk gardens and to compare notes. We will be back in Italy in April. We are hoping to follow through the visa and permesso challenges next year so that we can be more flexible in our timing. Wish us luck

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