Thursday 30 October 2008

Silver lake

Thank you very much again, Dusty Lens, for having chosen my blog for this award!! Now I must state 6 things that make me happy and choose 6 other bloggers for this award, who in turn must nominate other 6 bloggers of their liking according to the rules:
Six things that make me happy:
1. Family and friends
2. Singing with the band
3. Photography
4. Travelling
5. Writing
6. Wine and food
Six bloggers to whom I am pleased to give this award are:
Congratulations all of you and greetings from Arona.

Arona's fleets

I was very pleased and honoured to receive the Kreativ Blogger award from Dusty Lens. Thank you, Dusty Lens, I really appreciate this!!Tomorrow I will nominate 6 blogs for this award.

Tuesday 28 October 2008

A simple token...

on a forgotten street corner

Friday 24 October 2008


Dear all, I received a message today from Monoblog ( who informed me that any access to blogspot and to blogger websites has in general been suspended in accordance with the decision of the Criminal Court of Peace in Turkey. That means that bloggers there cannot log in into their own page or into any other blogspot/blogger pages for a while. He does not know how long this situation will continue and asked me to let you know about this through my blog, because he will neither be able to answer people's comments nor upload new photos.

In the wee small hours of the morning

Thursday 23 October 2008

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Awarded by surprise

Yesterday I received the "Blogging Friends Forever" Award through TR3NTA ( who took me by surprise by granting this award to my blog among five blogs, according to the rules which regulate this award. I am very honoured to receive this from you, Tr3nta and thank you for it!!

Now it is my turn to give the award to five other bloggers following the next rules (although I find it very hard to select only five):

1. Only five people are allowed
2. Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award

Now, my chosen blogs are:

1. (Monoblog)
2. (Fredrik)
3. (Evlahos)
4. (Virginia)
5. (Kris)

Thanks again.

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Stresa in Autumn...

Just a 15 minutes drive from Arona.

Monday 20 October 2008

Looking at Arona

Last Friday noon people were still sunbathing here with temperatures of 27° Celsius. Today the season is behaving as it should do: it is getting colder.

Saturday 18 October 2008

When you really want to relax...

... go to the Dolomites. This mountain area, at about a three hours drive from where I live in northern Italy, offers the most spectacular sceneries for long walks and excellent food and white wines in small and very clean family-run hotels. I took this photo in late summer but I wanted to show it to you all the same because yesterday it seemed like summer here on the lake with temperatures reaching 27° Celsius.

Friday 17 October 2008

Art Nouveau at its best

A detail of the lid of a 30cm long and 15cm wide 1900 Art Nouveau glove case which was used by my grandmother. The case itself is in brass but is covered allover with this spectacular inlay of enamel in different colours. The inside is lined with dark mauve colour velvet.

Thursday 16 October 2008

Wednesday 15 October 2008

Treasure hunting

These porcino mushrooms we found in the woods (mainly lime trees and pine trees) in the area of my previous posting.

Tuesday 14 October 2008

Hide and Seek

Where we go mushroom hunting.

Saturday 11 October 2008

Thursday 9 October 2008

Way back when...

Angera (just opposite Arona on the Lake) has a somewhat oldfashioned atmosphere. It seems that you are drawn back in time walking there along the lake, especially when it is raining like it did the other day.

Tuesday 7 October 2008

Sunday 5 October 2008


Gabriella is a great friend of ours. Strong in her convictions and strict in her scale of values.
(I have preferred to portray her as the old Dutch masters might have seen her)

Friday 3 October 2008

All to ourselves

Beautiful Arona is empty during the week when only a few discretely wondering tourists enjoy the autumn sun together with the Aronians. It is the season for mushroom (porcini) and chestnut hunting in the woods and hills which surround us. The right season for searching for small restaurants with friends during the weekend after a long walk along the mountain paths , for winetasting in the various wineries of the area and for visiting art exhibitions in the galleries in the towns around the lake. In other words... the good part of life (without closing our eyes to the other part of it).
Have a good weekend!!

Wednesday 1 October 2008

Lines in October

Simple lines can - with some photoshop activity - turn something ordinary into something pleasant for the eye.

(These are parts of the white radiator and the wooden floor in my study)