We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A nice 17th C. villa for rent near Lucca: Villa al Boschiglia. It comes with chef, etc. Might be a pleasant get-away for a few weeks for the Maggie's crew. Need to invite Marianne Matthews and hubbie too: I can see her relaxing in the pool while hubbie has a wine or two in his straw hat, half-dozing with a book under that Italian sunshine with the scents of a risotto al funghi from the kitchen and the Rosemary hedge thick in the air.
My half-Italian wife always asks me "What is it about you Brits and Italy?" She will never get it.
The half-Italian wife probably already knows that the exquisite food and wines of Italy are a source of inspiration for many nationalities. For Brits, Italy's weather puts it over the top...it's the California of Europe.