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LET ME EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG. THIS IS AN OLD BLOG AND IT HAS GOT MANY USEFUL LINKS IN IT THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE, WHEN WE VISIT THE BLOG. BUT TODAY WE WANT TO USE IT MAINLY TO WRITE A DIARY OF THE LIFE OF A NEW BORN BABY, WHENEVER THERE ARE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT IT. BECAUSE BLOGS NEED TO BE ACTIVE TO ATRACT VISOTORS, WE WILL ALSO WRITE AN OLD MAN LIFE STORY, WHICH ONE DAY COULD BE USED TO COMPARE IT WITH THE NEW BORN BABY, YOU SEE TODAY THINGS CHANGE VERY QUICKLY AND IT COULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE THE GREAT DIFFERENCE LATER. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COLLECT OTHER LINKS LIKE BABY SONGS TO MAKE IT MORE BABY FRIENDLY.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

The story of my life

WE ARE CANGING THIS BLOG NAME, WE ARE GOING TO CALL IT, OLD-MAN AND RAFAEL. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE SOME OF OUR OWN LIFE STORY, BECAUSE EVEN AN OLD MAN LIFE STORY COULD BE COMPARED TO TODAY'S WAY OF LIFE. AT THE SAME TIME WE WILL TRY TO WRITE A DIARY ABOUT THIS NEW LIFE THAT HAS COME ALONG, AND NOW IS PART OF OUR FAMILY.
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Welcome to our blog, Old-man and Rafael
and this post, the story of my life
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This is the castle in the country that I used to see from a distance, from our family farm everyday of my life. It is a very solid somehow small castle compared to some other castles, but is has a very violent story of its own, as most of the castle do. 






The story of my life
Dear readers, this post is the continuation of our last post, a man life journey. So let us continue and let me start telling you my life story. I was born in the late thirties that means that, I was born before World War 2, 1939- 1945, I was born in a rural town of southern Italy, as I have already mentioned at the beginning of this story, my family had a small farm and owned some farm land around the farm, but this farm land that we owned was not enough to earn a living, so we (my family) would also work the land of large land owners who would let us use their land for a price that had to be paid usually with an agreed amount of produce each year; to some of you this way of doing things might seem strange, but, that was normal practice in those days.
Perhaps I need to write this observation here, to understand better the situation about us small farmers, without going in too many details about the past, one has to think that in the past the entire countryside would usually belong to the landlord that the rulers of the day gave the right to run that part of the country, so even when I was young some of these way of living existed, the rich landowner that now replaced the government landlord or the master of that portion of the countryside, anyhow, they would let us use their land for a price. Anyhow talking about the old ways of how these things were done, and talking about the landlords or the masters of the castles that they used to run the countryside, there in Genzano is this castle of Monteserico and I remember that from my family farm I could see this castle far away every day of my life, of course there is also a history about this Monteserico castle, I have written about that in this hub, The castle of, as this castle of Monteserico has plenty of history of its own.
Anyhow, in order to understand how things were done then in the farms, and here I am talking about before and also during World war 2, I need to tell you this; to earn a living in those days was very hard, it was much harder than today, not only for us farmers who were then thought to be in a better position of the rest of the town community, because we were producing something useful for the rest of the community especially in war time when food was hard to come by, we could always find something to eat from the fields, so the rest of the town were influenced by us farmers, so if we were doing well the rest of the town would be doing well too, I believe that here I could add this observation to make you see what I mean; in the simple life of those times, the most important thing that people would aim for was to be able to eat wholesome and simple food every day, if you were able to do that then you were doing well, I hope I have made my point here, there were no luxurious food or things to be had, accept a few times each year, at Christmas and other important events.
Now I need to point out that there was no much money going around in those days and a lot of times we had to exchange produce or things to make ends meet. So, let me tell you a couple of examples how things were done in those days; for example if it happened that we needed a blacksmith to sharpen the tools during the year to work the fields, we would pay the blacksmith with an agreed amount of wheat, since wheat was our main crop and also most people needed wheat to make their own bread during the year; you see in those times, if you had wheat you could take it to the mill to make flour and then make your own bread; therefore by paying work done by wheat was convenient, as it was a two ways solution. It also was done like that because there was no much money around then; you see, even the barbers used to be paid in wheat or some other produce from the farmers. Of course there was some money to do other general smaller services or things, but all those services that would take a long time usually for years were done by these agreements of so much work in exchange of so much produce. Sometimes even small things could be bought by exchanging some produce with some other things.
I know dear readers that what I have said might seem ridiculous today, but this is how life was in those old days. So, I wonder how you the younger generation would feel to live in the old days that I have described above, and be a farmer’s youth working in the farm from a very tender age as I did. Here I would like to call on you my readers to compare what I have said above to today living and let me know if you feel like making a comment. I just wonder how you would feel like to be in a lonely place as I was, where there was not a single electronic device to play with or just listen to; I just wonder how you would feel like and what you would do.
I am saying this because today when I look at the young people most of them walk about with a mobile talking to their friends, or listening to music, or doing whatever they can do with their mobile, the difference in life style is so great that it is hard to believe that so many electronic devises have come out in the last fifty years or so, and they have changed our life style and we are better off today; therefore, I have to ask myself, what the youths of today could have done in my place? But anyhow let us continue to tell you the story of my life and my personal concern’s, in our next post, which we are going to call, some personal concerns.
See you soon.
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Old-man and Rafael 
The story of my life  
IS TO BE CONTINUED; 
Next time with, some personal concerns
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