Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Italy ( part 4 )...with Yellows and Greens


There were other days on our trip when it was raining...so we did decide to go on one more excursion to Sirmione...

To be honest it was packed, so after making our way through busy back streets we had lunch and then took the ferry straight back!
But, there was a fresh fruit stall there where I bought a massive lemon ( although by no means the largest I saw during our stay ) which smelled amazing...
I love the colours of buildings in Italy, and although it was raining, the yellow of this hotel in Salò still stood out...






We were being careful not to do too much, so in keeping with our plan to relax, when we got back to the hotel and the sun had come out...for the first time in my life I actually sun bathed by the pool!






Italy ( part 3 )...with Rustic Reds


When I arranged one of my table/trug photos during the week I had completely coincidentally used the colours of the Italian flag...


I often wake up with a sense or feeling of colour and am then drawn to it for the rest of the day, so maybe the Italian colours themselves had inadvertently seeped into my mind...

We walked in and around a farm near to the hotel, which had a guard goose, and when the old man saw me taking photos he proudly led me to a hut of baby goats ( which he appeared to control with a long twig! ).











There’s something about Italy which seems to bring you closer to your food...seeing the abundance of home grown produce and wild fruits daily sort of made our meals a complete part of the day, and I can absolutely see how good food, cooking and the land is such a massive part of Italian culture...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Italy ( part 2 )...with Pinks


..the beginning of our holiday had started...
so without too much explanation, the photos in the next few posts are basically inspirations from the trip...






( I loved how this purple smoke tree at the hotel echoed the colour of the shutters...)





I tried to soak up the changing season in Salò; the light, the colours, the smells....
The figs were ripe and their smell followed us everywhere...
A lot of the fruits hadn’t yet ripened; olives, persimmon, pomegranite, but it was so brilliant to be able to see them growing.





There was a walk you could take around the hotel which provided me with most of my arrangement ‘produce’, and I eventually settled on a wooden trug for my surface which I found on a beautiful old table near the swimming pool.
It gave great texture and, because of its curves, also a great light.
I experimented with the outdoor table as well, but as it was highly varnished I couldn’t quite get the feeling I wanted from it...
Also the trug allowed me to feel freer...it was outside, and I could move it around to quiet places so that people couldn’t see me ( I’d felt a bit self conscious when a chamber maid discovered me arranging on the table in the corridor... )

I read, swam, ate really good food and drank really good wine...

...and didn't do much else!