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 Post subject: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 6th, 2012, 7:06 pm 
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Thanks to the forum, we have been in touch with Billy Cowie and he will be taking things over for us in July.
We have bought a kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer etc and bed, bedside tables, wardrobes in Calabria.
We will take over other items of furniture from here.
Just wondering if anyone who has taken household items over have a list of things that they wish they had taken.
Any items, no matter how small/ big that you miss or cost a fortune in Calabria ?

All advice will be much appreciated.
mags


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 10:12 am 
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mags wrote:
Any items, no matter how small/ big that you miss or cost a fortune in Calabria ?


Kettle's. It's nearly impossible to find a kettle that costs less than €50! It will blow you away with fancy Italian design however and blow your electricity meter too!

PG Tips
London Pride
Branston pickles (pickled Tropea onions are nice too though)

Dennis.


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 10:31 am 
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Thank you, Dennis for list. That's a lot of money for a kettle, maybe be cheaper buying one that goes on gas hob.
Thanks too for " moving me "
You would think that I would have the hang of the Forum by now !!!!
mags


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 10:42 am 
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Bedlinen, duvets, pillows, duvet sets and especially pillow protectors and mattress protectors are a must especially if you are going to rent. Uk single duvet sets and mattress protectors fit italian single beds comforably, but use king size for double beds, most beds are 5ft anyway.
Also picctures, or canvas prints for walls to add colour , more expensive in Italy and not the same sellection. A blow up bed or two, 2 singles that can double up if necessary, u can always use them for visitors or even for sunbathing and they are so in-expensive in the UK.
Happy shopping


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 11:23 am 
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Where can I buy a kettle that will go on the gas hob ,Thanks
Tropea onions are lovely.


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 12:39 pm 
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Thanks iloveitaly great list gives us a lot to consider

Re kettles having read Dennis's post I looked on line at GO Outdoors they have kettles that are suitable for gas hobs and I imagine that any store that sells camping equipment would have them that is if you are looking for one in the UK
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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 1:29 pm 
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Re: electric kettles, yes cheaper and better range in UK, but be wary of "rapid-boil" versions, they can draw in excess of 2.5kW and if you have a 3kW limit here then making a cup of tea and boiling an egg simultaneously can cause an issue and a breakfast nightmare – way too much to think about and handle first thing in the morning.
If you plan to do any decorating then it is worth importing emulsion paint – not sure what Italian paint is made of (and it is very expensive) – but it certainly does not do what it says on the can. Be discrete – i.e. cover it up in the car/van – they are touchy about transporting chemicals on the ferry and through Swiss tunnels.

There are other things – but this is the crazy one: particularly as someone mentioned pictures – bring in picture hooks! Yes, easy to get here, but they do not go in the wall – rather they shatter and shoot sharp bits of metal into your face (you can tell this is from painful experience). No idea why – they look identical to UK ones – but they are made in Italy, whereas UK ones are made in China (a sad statement to have to make).


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PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 2:44 pm 
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for anyone travelling with young children,i suggest you bring swim nappies/diapers,we found them virtually impossible to find for our grandchildren to go swimming in the pool.
a wee accident from one of them in the pool would clear it quicker than a great white shark!!!


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PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 3:56 pm 
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I had to buy and electric kettle,I bought it in Euronics in Jiosa(availability 1 type!!!!) 60 euros. I then bought a lovely kettle for the gas stove 12 euros in the local market ( but u must go very early in the morning), much more economical in fact. Better off the buy one in the UK any good electrical hardware store that sells agas or solid-fuel cookers will sell these kettles.
I found it very hard to get a basic hard-wearing decent table and chairs , they were all too expensive and your choice is so minimal, bought 1 flat packed and a friend of mine brought it over with their stuff last year, actually bought that in Argos online, it was a bargain, otherwise i would still be looking.
I also brought over bathroom fittings for eg toilet roll, soap, ( u know the stick-on suction ones) These are great for immediete use without having to drill holes in the bathroom walls and possible burst a pipe. You can put and stick them where u want and then change your mind and stick them in another place etc.They are 3times the price in Italy as apposed to UK or Ireland


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 7th, 2012, 5:52 pm 
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Location: Bath/Gioiosa Ionica
I was going to mention about the kettle for hob too - we decided because of the expensive electricity to get one for the gas hob but we couldn't find one in Gioiosa or surrounding area... so we have bought a decent Le Creuset one in the UK (albeit at a bargain price) and will be putting in our luggage next time.

We couldn't find yellow dusters either - so am taking those (not that I intend EVER to do much dusting whilst I am there!!) or J clothes.

Towels! We took those over with us too - one specialist towel shop I checked were really, really expensive and they weren't even very special/nice.

Cafetiere (plunger thingy) - we do have one of the Italian espresso makers but sometimes we like a longer, less potent coffee.

I guess all these things are probably available if you know where to look or if you have the time to trawl around looking for them...for us these little bits n bobs have been easier to buy in the UK, just ot save us time when we get to Italy - so we get more beach and pool time!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 9th, 2012, 7:47 pm 
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Thank you one and all for great advice
If there is anything we could bring over for you, small things, let me know
Have just bought loads of picture hooks etc

We are moving to East Coast but could arrange to meet up and deliver

Haven't a clue what London Pride is though!!!

Many thanks
mags


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PostPosted: March 9th, 2012, 7:54 pm 
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Whatever you do, take pride.

http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=47

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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: March 9th, 2012, 8:21 pm 
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Hee hee it's Beer!!!
Only drink Vino when in Italy but Paul loves Guinness and he doesn't get withdrawl symptoms when there.
Mind you we haven't stayed longer than 3 weeks at a time. This summer it will be 5 weeks then moving permamently soon after.
mags


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: May 28th, 2012, 8:19 pm 
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Location: North West UK / Diamante IT
As many have said, small electricals.....

And its worth having two kettles (£5 each Asda/Tesco etc)
Microwave - 600W is better than your hob/cooker
Steamer - Argos etc... Again cheaper for your veg.
(I got two; one for veg, and one for fish!)
Breadmaker and mixes for when you get fed up with cannon balls..
(Then a toaster)

Yorkshire tea (no, I actually come from the Midlands and live in Lancashire)

All sorts of paper... Kitchen Towel, toilet paper etc
Breakfast cereals - Italian prices are frightening.....

Proper HP brown sauce.....
And a cooler box with bacon for brekkie!!


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PostPosted: May 28th, 2012, 8:22 pm 
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....and if you really want to go OTT.....

English roses for the garden.... We planted in December and they were glorious at Easter (when we took laurel hedging instead of those dying tatty connifers the builder uses!)


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 Post subject: Re: Moving to Calabria
PostPosted: May 28th, 2012, 9:04 pm 
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This is a lovely idea never thought of taking things for garden over. We have lots of laurel growing here will find out how to take cuttings and get them taken over great for privacy wonder how daffodil bulbs would grow?
The last thing I would want is a garden same as here in Scotland but where we are moving to is mainly agricultural land and as we will be starting from scratch with the usual lemon, orange and olive trees it woild be good to have something a wee bit different as well as having to buy plants locally
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PostPosted: June 1st, 2012, 12:02 pm 
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bog standard Toaster, italian one's expensive and just make bread hard not brown!
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PostPosted: June 4th, 2012, 4:03 pm 
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Thanks, Allen
Toaster is bought and packed.
Can't start the morning without a couple of slices of toast.
mags


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when you find decent bread let me know,, we have a bread maker now to produce our own.


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