Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lake Garda 3

This is the beautiful little spot we walk to in the middle of Cassone on the lake shore. Under the trees is my spot to sit and work ever so slowly on my drawings
contemplating the effort on my creative brain or looking atthe surroundings  
There are loads of flowers out 
In the same spot
The bridge makes it possible for us to get across the inlet - the many cyclists have to hop off and walk in this area
You can never have anough views of the lake
Ian goes on a high walk while I sit and draw
This has been a holiday for getting lost whilst driving but we got to Campione - lovely spot with lots of people swiming etc for a day's outing.
The church at Campione
My little drawing and watercolour at Cassone - day 60 so well over half way  
I am making a book cover to hold allmy Lake Garda drawings. Background stitch is all done so now to the decoration stuff.
Inside our apartment. This really is a great spot

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lake Garda

Lake Garda 2 - Ian got up early and went for a walk - Cassone is a beautiful little place - lots of cobblestones and a great foreshore. the mountains of course are wonderful - so old. 
Lots of platforms like this but the seagulls - (lakegulls?) - seem to like this one - it's locked anyway and i haven't seen anyone using it. 
We have found a wine shop in Malcesine where we are allowed to park any time which is great because the parks are all full. SO of course we are frequenting it. lots of olive oil and balsamic vinegars for us to bring home in our suitcases.
i bought a great fruits of the forest balsamic vinegar - will get an unopened one to take home. 
Last night we had a bbq on our terrace looking over the lake - grilled peppers - made a salad and cooked meat which we had no idea what it was but it was lovely - turned out to be pork. Plus tomatoes and lovely fresh mozzarella and red wine.  
Cassone is really interesting - and there is a great little museum as well  
Little bridge - well worth the wander - we ate at one of the pizzerias on the first night right on the water's edge  
Tody we went exploring a little in Malcesine - lots of people and touristy stuff 
I like these little places
Grant was launching his moth
Then he was off in the distance on his foils to practise. There are over 250 Moths in this regatta - and highly unlikely that we will be able to distinguish anyone. But they look great racing along up on foils.  
Then to end a relaxing day we came home and had a swim - have to watch for the killer stones when you get in and out so just one in and a long swim and then out. And I did my today's little watercolour - day 59 now.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Trip to Lake Garda

    We are on a fortnight's holiday - Grant is sailing on Lake Garda next week (and last week as it happens) so we thought we would indulge and come as well. We have been before but not in the summer. 
We landed at 6am in Malpensa - had to wait until 9am to get the hire car and enjoyed 2 cups of coffee while we waited. Things are so much easier these days with the internet - way back on our first visit to London we had to buy sim cards and flap around trying to find somewhere to use the internet etc. Now we all get grumpy if there isn't wi-fi everywhere or if it is slow.   We endured a comedy of errors and it took us 5 hours to drive to Lake Garda - instead of 3. We drove south instead of north - then went to Lake Como instead of the road to Lake Garda - finally got back on track and got ourselves disorganised trying to drive around the wrong side of the lake.   
Here we are lost trying to work out why and where. Anyway we are here and showered and relaxing.  
This is the view from our apartment so it will be swimming in the morning - we have our own private platform if we so wished to sun bathe only we don't but all the way driving up the side of the lake, there were people perched by the water where ever there was a possible space. Hardly any in the water though.  
We have a little island off shore
And here is the view looking to the left.    Lucky us I say - as I am working away on the 100 days project I am planning my days here to be water colour on Khadi rag paper and i have a sitched cover about to be under way as well. Over the way on the other side of the lake there are many people kite surfing - a wonderful view actually. There are also lots of people sailing and kayaking 


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