Thursday 30 December 2010


...the continuous soft sound of handcrafted pavement-making of the square which I overlook from my windows. Every single piece is put into place by hand by these workers who receive warm coffee from an elderly lady and bottles of wine from me, to keep their blood smoothly flowing in this freezing cold winter. Notwithstanding this bomb-mixture of alcohol and caffeine, their design develops perfectly well!
Once the pavement is ready, a large rectangular shaped low-to-the-ground fountain of essential design will be placed in the middle of the square which will then remain permanently closed for traffic (ain't I lucky!). The surrounding 14t to 17th century buildings will then be lit up by beams of light coming out of the new pavement and/or will be lit up by the old latern-lamps, typical of the historical centre of Arona. I only hope that the new fountain will not become a noisy throughout-the-night-shower in the heat of summer, but I know that I can't have it all...!

Tuesday 28 December 2010

Towards the new year...

... wishing that the few who have taken the reins of the world inappropriately in hand will step back, to make way for those who have clear and sincere intentions to share their own destiny with ours, making Utopia in this respect become a real world.
View from Arona on the castle of Angera

Saturday 25 December 2010


...and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all of you and your loved ones!!
May the new year bring you good health and serenity!!
Diederick and Marina

Wednesday 15 December 2010

The territory battle continues... in our Parliament

Sunday 12 December 2010

The first approach

Ice rink on the lake front,

Wednesday 8 December 2010

A wonderful event...

...organized by the Mayor of Arona: the projection of sacred images on the front part of the church in the Square of "San Graziano" in Arona. Notwithstanding the rain, many people came to see this.
Piazza San Graziano,