A couple of mornings ago I was out, very early, with my dog and was lucky enough to witness this amazing sunrise.  To be honest, I’d witnessed a similar sunrise a few days earlier, but she not had y phone with me.

Now, whilst my phone camera takes pretty good shots it can in no way compare to having a good camera for zoom.  I didn’t want to be caught out again, though hadn’t expected to capture such a lovely image.


Sunrise this morning

The day was greeted with a spectacular sunrise this morning.  I was out early, as usual, walking the dog.  I could see the oranges, reds and golds reflected in the bay as the new dawn started to break.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera to hand.  

On my return journey, my back to the sunrise, I turned round to see the most glorious sunrise – and could have kicked myself for my stupidity.  Poor Mischa had a shorter walk as I wanted to hurry home before I missed it all.  

I only just managed to take this shot before the display completely ended.  It’s nothing like the stunning display I had seen just 10 minutes earlier – a blood red orb shot with crimson reds and golds, with black shadows sailing across it.

I’ll take my camera tomorrow morning, but what’s the betting it will be raining!

Dawn breaking over the bay

The sunrise over the bay was breathtaking yesterday morning.  I tried to capture the sheer magnificence of the spectacle, but failed miserably.  I should have my camera permanently ready to hand so I can whip it out at a moment’s notice – for a moment is all there is when nature bestows such a gift to the senses.

Instead I picked up my iPad and rushed outside, into the freezing cold, in the hope I could freeze the moment for all eternity.

Venetian Perfection

Sitting in the Venetian sun, one blissfully warm afternoon, drinking Prosecco – as you do, I looked up and saw this beautiful shuttered window with balcony.  We’d wandered away from the crowded touristy areas towards a part of Venice we’d never visited.  I’d always known there was a public park at one end, we’d just never wandered down that way before, the allure of the narrow streets, the tiny bridges and the feeling of being deliciously lost without a care in the world being one of the delights of Venice.  

This particular afternoon found us in a wide, quiet street, full of small cafes selling delicious food at far more reasonable prices than the usual touristy areas.  From where we were sitting we could still people watch to our hearts content without being jostled – it was incredibly peaceful.  

I love looking up at windows, especially those with partially opened shutters.  I wonder who lives behind them, what they do for a living, what the room is used for, what conversations are held in that room, what tales the walls could tell, the shape of the many pairs of hands which have opened those shutters in the past, what secrets have been hidden in the fabric of the walls.

Behind these particular shutters I know lives a dog.  He (or she), stepped out and looked down onto the street towards where we were sitting, decided we posed no threat, and slowly walked back into the cooling shade inside.  Sensible dog.

We on the other hand, our Prosecco finished, decided to carry on with our walk  – leaving behind this little piece of perfection.

Captivating sculpture in Trajan’s Forum, Rome

Last month we spent a fabulous eight days in Italy.  We walked our socks off wandering round Venice, Florence and Rome.  Because it was late in the season the temperature was very comfortable, which meant we could walk for miles – and we did. The photograph above was taken in Trajan’s Forum where there are a number of sculptures of horses – each of them different – all of them breathtaking in their execution.  The backdrop is an arcade of ancient roman shops (the market), built on a number of levels.

We spent a good three hours trying to take in the vastness of the complex which last time we visited (over a decade ago), had not been excavated.

The above image was also taken whilst we were in Rome.  This is a very small part of a vast complex which the Emperor Nero had built and which was known as his Golden Palace.   It’s only open at weekends so we were very lucky to be able to see the excavations as they stand at the moment.  The paintings you can see are close to 2,000 years old and would, originally, have covered the walls.

It makes me wonder what else is lying hidden away under the streets of Rome.  The city is one massive museum.

I’m still here – honest I am

Oh my, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted on my blog.  Why has it been so long?  Well for a start I’m working on Part Three of my series Dead and Talking.  It’s strange but whilst I know what has to happen in this book, and the whys and wherefors, I’ve been finding it difficult to sit down and just write.  I guess this has been reflected on my blog too.

There are a few reasons for this.  The first, and probably most important, is that we’re thinking of moving house at some point in the foreseeable future.  We’ve been discussing the advantages and the disadvantages of a move (costs for one), and the costs involved if we stay where we are (central heating system – no we don’t have central heating; re-decorating throughout; possibly re-wiring …).  Then we’d still have the problem of too many stairs and only one bathroom.  So, a move looks very likely.

Where to move to:  That’s the BIG question, though we’re homing in – so to speak.

Another reason I’ve not been writing is because I found I couldn’t approach it in the usual way.  You know, sit at the pc, press the ‘on’ button and let everything load up – then get on with it.  Oh no, the muse refused to say a word.  Maddening woman!   Instead I’ve been making do with snatching time during my lunch break and writing scenes and part scenes as they come to me.  Believe me, it’s a tedious way to work – but at least I’ve been able to get something down

Then, wonder of wonders, those amazing people at Scrivener let it be known that a beta version of Scrivener for IOS was being tested and would be available for ALL IOS devices within a very short time.  Well, that  blessed day arrived today – at some point when I was at work and unable to download it!  

I hurried home tonight and immediately opened up my iPad and downloaded the app.  Oh very happy me.  It’s even compatible with Windows when I update my pc version of Scrivener to the latest iPad syncing version.  Yay – I am one happy bunny right now.  I’ll have no excuse not to work on my novel – or the next one …