Sunday, December 31, 2017

A holiday in Provence

In October we had a week or so in Provence at one of our favourite places - Menerbes in Le Petite Luberon. We have stayed here a few times now and always love it. My favourite from Rousillon

This year the jujubier berries were atill out in flower - they are apparently very good for you so I ate some. They have had no rain in the area since April or so and it was very very dry. 

We went to lots of markets this time - this is in Gordes - always love the spices and herbs. And always buy some and then hope I can get them back into Australia. Never a problem so long as there is no citrus stuff.

Looking back at Gordes

St Remy de Provence - a busy market  

We managed to buy more then we needed and had to leave them for Stephen when we left

And we bought too many olives but don’t they look fabulous

At Aix en Provence there were loads of interesting mushrooms - overwhelming really because we don’t see these in Perth
One of our favourite spots is Rousillon - the home of the wonderful ochres 
Lots of great doorways and steps
It was very dry and we haven’t seen the vines like this before - not good for lavender either they told us  

Oppede le Vieux - love the hidden little places  

I took heaps of photos of pumpkins so I could draw some and play with my watercolours
We went to the markets at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue whre we saw all sorts of interesting stuff and bought a bit as well. In fact there was no money for lunch or a drinks so we had to go home with all our goodies. 
Les Baux de Provence - another fabulous spot but it was extremely windy and cold but packed with people even in October
The absolute highlight of our week was a visit to Carrieres de Lumieres at Les Baux - just fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Just can’t imagine how we have missed it before.  
A visit to Apt

Trying to capture the old vines and the leaves  

Farewell to Menerbes for 2017        

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More Lake Garda

Annette and Terry came to Lake Garda for a few days so we have all been getting together. They stayed in a hotel right by the water's edge so we watched the Italian Nationals from there and swam in the pool - no rocks under my pummeled feet here.
Very nice too  
One of my little watercolours - it is so picture esque here.
Then we had an exciting night of thunder and lightning and when we woke we had no power - no water - and couldn't get the car out of the gate of course but a srt of substation arrived - apparently this was for the water - lots of activity and eventually all was well and off we went.  
It was not a sailing day so we took ourselves off for a drive and went up in the mountains to Lago di Ledra - beautiful spot 
There is a town top and bottom and potential for 1000s of people but it was quite quiet when we were roaming around  
Lots of boats big and small and camping and hotels and walking paths - very pleasant indeed. Be lots of snow in the winter too I imagine
My little skecthbook cover is coming along too 
Another sketch and watercolour - I am getting behind but that's okay
Yesterday's watercolours - a couple of daylilies - i nearly fell into the garden looking at these.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A trip to Verona

Yesterday we went on a trip to Verona - love all the props outside the Arena - when you go to a production you don't think about all the work involved. The opera changes every day. I can imagine the City of Vincent having a fit if this was all around Perth Stadium.
It was stinking hot weather - we decided to check out Juliet's balcony along with 5 million others.   
Spent timelooking in a coffee shop - full of ideas like this - coffee for one or two and all sorts of different tops. Someone has been busy coming up with a new idea. Most of us have cupboards full of stuff we don't use. But it was fun to see. My purchases for the day - 2 pot mits - 1 small useful colander - and my perfume at half what I usually pay on line.  
A prop all ready on the Arena wall
We had dinner before the show where we could sit in air con - very nice meal just what we needed and you simply choose your wine - had a lovely Sicilian red 
Rocking up to the Arena  
Inside the Arena - it wasn't full by any means. We had seats in a great spot for viewing but BOY - so uncomfortable. Fortunately we could all move up and spread our feet out on the seat below and it was so good you forget the pain after a while.  
We saw the modern version of Aida - had no idea - it runs until 23rd (different event every night though) and then the 1913 setting starts. It was fabulous - this was the Nile scene - I loved the colours and especially the friendly crocodiles - they movedthrough the water on skateboards. For us it was an experience of a lifetime - we made it back to Cassone and in bed by 3am. The opera lasted 4 hours.  
My watercolour for the day - a lone geranium - I try
One day I might try tackling a bunch
Another of Ian's photos of Cassone foreshore on our walk back the other night

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


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