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Lydia Schiavello Opens Up About Her Friendship With Gina Liano!

Lydia Schiavello is taking to her Arena Blog to dish on this week's episode of The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Lydia Schiavello opens up about her friendship with Gina Liano and explains why some of the things newbie Sally Bloomfield made her uncomfortable.

Lydia writes:

"Season 4 new drama, New cast members, old dogs, new dogs and Figaro.

My relationship with Gina started to become closer at the end of season 2. Gina saw my husband, Andrew, and noted that there was something terribly wrong with his health. She raised the issue with me by asking  “how is Andrews health? I opened up with tears and replied NOT great Gina. She immediately suggested going to one of the doctors she had seen whilst going through her cancer treatment and suggested I take Andrew to see him.  Gina genuinely cares.

Our relationship changed from that moment. Gina and I have put our differences aside and  put our real life worries ahead of the rubbish from the past. Forgiveness, love and compassion are difficult to disguise, or be disingenuous about. Gina remained focussed on Andrew’s health (after what she’s been through) and gave me someone to confide in. Andrew had open heart surgery late in the year, and I almost lost him (writing this still today brings tears to my eyes).  I’m glad I have Mr Norbury still by my side….burnt or not burnt sausage rolls I love him to bits (and his daggy sausage rolls too!) Through this challenging time my relationship with Gina changed and I am lucky to call her one of my best friends now.

I love shopping and I thought taking Gina food shopping to the Prahran would be a funny experience. Lydia and Gina equals FOOD. Every single time we catch up it SPELLS food FULL STOP! Italians love food, and in a sense Italians have invaded the world, where can you not eat Italian? Both Gina and I have adult children, we’ve had to feed them and it’s ingrained in our characters to select great produce. Could you imagine Gamble, or Jackie at the market?  NO ahhhhh NO! LOL sorry I had to put that in…

It’s a passion for us Italian girls, so of course I asked Gina to come to the market with me, she gets it.  I love sharing my food ideas with her and where I’m going with my cooking classes. Pinos have been around forever. It was a cathartic moment to talk about life, surrounded by fruit and veggies. In a funny way they feed our soul and make all problems disappear for a moment.

Inviting the girls to come truffle hunting was something I have had on my list for a while and I thought it would be an “earthy” way to get to know Sally and Venus better. Surrounded by green fields fresh air and looking for truffles would be a simple, non-confronting environment. Clearly there were some issues that Sal and Venus had to clear up.

I was not impressed with Sal being the gossip messenger. Sal asking me things about Janet made me feel uncomfortable and hesitant to answer.  Putting Venus on the spot about the photos and clearing up the confusion was a positive outcome.

My truffle hunting experience was amazing, I learnt more about truffles, black and white. I love the flavour they add, so knowing more about them expands how I will use them. I’m always interested in how we adapt and can modify traditions.

Pigs hunt for truffles in Europe, dogs hunt for truffle in Australia. My challenge is to train FIGARO. I’m not sure how he will look in a course TWEED JACKET, he is such a delicate fellow."

What do you think about Lydia’s blog?

The Real Housewives of Melbourne airs Wednesday nights at 8:30pm on Arena! For International TV Listings, click here!

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