Posted by: Debra Kolkka | March 26, 2021

The new road begins

A couple of days ago a helicopter brought materials to the road below Casa Debbio. It was fun to watch it go back and forth from the sports field below Vergemoli to a cleared patch in the forest.

The logs to reinforce the fallen bits of the road are huge.

The final photo is where the road was washed away along with a lovely old aqueduct.

The road to our house was swept away in 2013 and at first I had to jump a waterfall to get to the house until a friend put a couple of planks across. One of the woodcutters made a temporary road soon after.

The road is a state secondary road, not a private road and comune has organised for the road to be fixed. The work should last a couple of months.

Yesterday was the first day of road works and the road will be closed on and off. I would still be able to walk to and from the house…except…

Unfortunately on the first day of road closure I fell in the garden while grappling with a hose. My left foot went into a hole and I came down like a tonne of bricks.

I had to be carried out to the waiting ambulance. Thank goodness for the ever helpful Filippo, the lovely ambulance workers and the handy road workers.

I am now in the hospital in nearby Castelnuovo waiting for surgery for a broken bone and dislocated ankle. It seems I will be out of action for a while. Life is full of twists and turns.



  1. Oh Deb sorry to hear this. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

    • Thank you! It certainly wasn’t on my agenda.

  2. Ack! I wish you a speedy recovery!

    • Thank you. A stay in an Italian hospital is a new experience for me.

  3. Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you don’t have to stay in hospital too long

    • I hope I am not here too long as well. The surgery will be on Monday so I hope I am home soon after that.

  4. Oh good Lord…. So sorry to hear this. Your planned garden ventures will be purely supervisory for a while! What a blow, you’re such an inspiration…. I dread doing something like that in my Italian garden, all on a two-way slope with many deep water channels and paths, not to mention the holes made by the porcupines!

    Best of luck with the operation and I hope you mend quickly. Guess you may be resting up at your apartment, where at least you have plenty of friends to shop for you and take care of you, Covid willing!

    • Our garden is on a steep slope in that area. We are in the process of putting in a watering system to make things a bit easier.
      I am lucky to have friends here to help when I get home.

      • Oh Debra so sorry to hear this dreadful news (actually Di phoned me with the news). Feel so much for you especially as it is your foot/ankle. Hope all goes well with recovery although it takes so long. I fell a couple of years ago & broke my right wrist & that was a handicap but at least I could walk. Accidents happen so quickly & healing takes time.

      • These things happen. I know it will take a while to heal. I will just have to take it slowly.

  5. I am so sorry for you, Deb! Get well soon!

    • These things happen. I’m sure I will be on the mend soon.

  6. Oh Deb… what a pickle you have got yourself into!!
    Good luck with the surgery and a speedy recovery!
    Best love, Jxx

    • Yes, it was not part of my plans, but I hope to be much better soon.

  7. Oh dear what awful bad luck! Get better soon.

    • Thank you. I am looking forward to putting this behind me.

  8. Debra-what a terrible end to your story of the new road. I’m glad Filippo was there to help you. Take good care…

    • I don’t know what I would do without Filippo. He is a treasure.

  9. I’m really thinking of you now, Debra. I somersaulted in my yard 3 years ago and hurt my shoulder and collar bone. Thank goodness you had help nearby., Take care and take Arnica globule . the pharmacy should have them.
    Lots of good wishes from Sondra

    • These things happen. I’m sure I will be back on my feet before too long. I hope you are OK.

  10. Oh no. So sorry to hear. Take care 💐

    • Thank you. I’m sure I will be fine eventually.

  11. I am so sorry to hear about your upcoming surgery and I hope it all goes smoothly and that you will be back at your home and recovering very soon. You are in my thoughts.

    • I hope to be back home soon. Thank you for thinking of me.

  12. Debra, May your surgery go well. Buona guarigione. ~Luci Fortunato

    • Grazie! I just want it over so I can go home.

  13. So sorry to read of your accident. Hoping all goes well with your surgery and recovery. xx

    • It is a real pest to be sure…an experience I did not need.

  14. What an eventful trip this has turned out to be. You have definitely gotten to experience and witness the good and not so good this time. Here’s to a successful operation and a speedy recovery. Take care.

    • Yes, it has been an eventful trip. It will cramp my style for some time.

  15. Oh my goodness, Debra, I have been where you are, it is not fun. The most important thing is not to rush recovery. It can be extremely frustrating, but take your time. Hope you have some friends and neighbors who can come help you out so you don’t have to be too mobile.
    All the best!
    Derin G.

    • Thank you. A friend has offered to come to stay with me when I get home, which is nice. I understand that I won’t be doing much for a while.

  16. That’s terrible need about your accident. Will our Government now allow your husband out of Australia to travel to Italy. You can’t do much to help yourself with a broken foot. Like walk down the road to get food. Take care. Maree

    • I don’t know if Jim will be able to come. A friend has offered to come to stay with me when I get home. I won’t be doing much for a while.

  17. So sorry to hear about your injury, Deb. I suspect the Italian hospital experience is quite different to here in Oz. That would make an interesting post? Wishing you an uneventful recovery, K & M xx

    • I am not sure I will want to write about the hospital experience. The staff are all very nice and efficient but I would describe the hospital as frill-less. I want to go home very soon.

  18. So feel for you. Please be careful with your recovery. When are used to being active it is very hard to accept that you must be patient. I have had a knee and hip replacement in the last 3 years. Injured my self during recovery because I was impatient. Is there someone to help when you are out of hospital?

    • I will be taking things very slowly for a while. I need my foot. I still have lots of walking to do! A friend is coming to stay with me when I get home which is very kind of her. I know I have to accept help.

  19. Ohh dangnabbit Debra, i wish you successful surgery and the best of recoveries…..all we can control in the end, is our attitude to whatever is thrown up before us and I somehow think you are good at finding that best attitude at the time. Do your best and leave the rest during recovery, young woman!.

    • Thank you. It is an experience I could do without, but I just have to get through it. I will certainly be taking it easy for a while.

  20. Dear Debra. I am so sorry that this has happened to you. It is so easy to fall. Is there someone to help you? Good luck with your surgery.

    • I am lucky to have lots of friends around to help me get through this. The surgery will be Monday after 3 days in traction…let it all be over soon so I can go home.

  21. Well, that just sucks! I’m glad you had and have help. My best wishes for a successful surgery and easy recovery.

    • Thank you. I am just out of surgery and it seemed to go well. I am very keen to get home.

      • I imagine you are! While the hospital care is necessary it is so much nicer for one to be in their own home. I’m so happy to hear the surgery seems to have gone well. Best of luck in the recovery.

  22. Oh, my goodness, that’s a twist and turn you could do without. I hope all goes well for you, Deb. I’m so sorry, I hope you will manage alright.

    • I could definitely have done without this. It seems I can go home tomorrow afternoon. The hospital has been great. Everyone is nice. Home will be better.

  23. I’m so sorry to have read about your accident but I’m happy to know you are now back home. I broke my foot on the second day of a holiday in Italy. We were leaving Spoleto when it happened. After arriving at Radda in Chianti, where there was no doctor, we had to go to the hospital in Sienna for a cast. I can so relate to what you are going through, even scooting up and down the stairs. The hardest thing was having to use the elbow crutches. I know you are looking forward to having the cast removed but please be careful during the remaining healing.

    • I was useless with crutches. Because of the screws in my ankle I was told to put no weight on my foot at all so I have a wheelchair and a walking frame. I absolutely hate being incapacitated, but I have just over a week to go before the cast comes off and the screws out.
      I realise I won’t be much good on my feet for some time and will do everything I can to be back to normal.

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