From Woodpiles to Stages….

From Woodpiles to Stages….

……a December to March pictorial trek.


Pine Siskins

American Gold Finch
American Gold Finch

“When I am bored, remind me:
This is the excitement of life-
darkness alternating with light,
down dancing with up,
and inactivity being absolutely essential
-as prelude-
to the most fulfilling experiences of all.”
Gratitude

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“Our life is frittered away by detail….Simplify, simplify.”
…….Henry David Thoreau

Woodpile by SH

I find this stacking and piling of wood settling and pleasing. Notice how the pieces are fitted and arranged and ….free standing with the ends being arranged to support the arrangement. Art and detail.

Textiles in the Cove

To have eyes without imagination must be a sad state of affairs.
…C. Fudge……although I may have been influenced by Anne of Green Gables 🙂

A different perspective

Whites’ Wharf…a different perspective.

A different perspective

Icicles and Stage

Grandpa's Stage

Granpa’s Stage in Winter

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No connors today.

Serenity

Serenity

Dogberries

Dogberries

Icicles

View from my window.

Simplicity

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
….Theodore Roosevelt

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Bountiful

Bountiful

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Robins’ Feast

Where are the gnomes?

Where are the gnomes?

December

Love this guy..and what a deal..paid $10.00 for him.

Tranquil

Across the road

Across the Road.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home.

“Your true home is in the here and now, it is the door to each single moment.”
……….Thich Nhat Hank

We have only had a few days of snowfall this winter and then a few days later it is mostly melted. It sure is pretty and pristine when it does fall. Happy winter and hopefully spring will soon be here!

Photos L. Fudge

Searching for Utopia

Searching for Utopia

I fell in love with this giant sculpture in the piazza della Signoria in Florence.

 

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……and when I read the plaque, I loved it more. It is slow to find, is it not?

Jan Fabre is a Flemish artist and this sculpture was only recently brought to Florence.  Like it or hate it……..

 

……it certainly makes a statement among these very old and historically beautiful sculptures.

I remember Florence as a beautiful gift. I hadn’t done much research on the city before the trip and everywhere I trekked, I found new delights and learning  opportunities.

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Tut, tut…using cell phone while driving. 🙂

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Seeing and hearing while we wander .

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Tripe soup anyone?  It was too early in the morning for me but I did enjoy getting a view through the window. He was most obliging in holding it up for us.

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And then there was Pinocchio.

 

As we neared Florence, I noticed all things Pinocchio and so at a rest stop I bought a couple of pencils painted in the colours of the Italian flag with Pinocchio’s head at the top. My new found friends had a great laugh …. “You come to Italy and buy Pinocchio pencils  made in China.”   I simply replied, “The author of Pinocchio was Italian you know and not only will my grandchildren use these pencils, they will talk about Pinocchio and as an added bonus, they will now know the Italian flag!”:)

Later our tour guide gave a long talk about Pinocchio, its author Carlo Collodi, and pointed down a lane to where Carlo Collodi had lived. Throughout the group I heard laughter and my name being mentioned.  I rest my case.:):)

 

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Carlo Collodi lived here.

I later bought the book  Pinocchio The Adventures of a Puppet, a shorter version of the original  and what a lovely book it is!  “While the puppet was swimming, all of a sudden, out of the water popped the horrible head of a sea monster, coming straight at him with its mouth wide open like a deep chasm, showing its three rows of sharp teeth which would frighten you just to see them painted on paper.”  Quite a long sentence and what a description! No wishy washy nonsense here! I love it!

 

A sudden heavy downpour in Florence and within minutes vendors were everywhere trying to sell us umbrellas and ponchos. I admire that kind of business sense.

 

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Duomo di Firenze Cathedral

The interior of the Cathedral has 463 stone stairs and reaching the top offers a stunning view of the city. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to climb them.

Florence, city of history, detailed architecture, amazing sculptures, great paintings, and fun!

 

Photos by L & C Fudge