1. Riforme!

     

  2. Let’s say five

    It’s been a while, but we were quite busy both home


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    and Away

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    work aplenty, pay less so

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    Being fed by friendly strangers

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    Then back, finding the place stranger than before

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    On to Lunch with the Usual Suspects and their Bad Company

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    Friendly as they seem to be

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    We always end up in a little place or new, together alone,
    lovely,

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    Charming

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    More than five, then. Enjoy.
    Ready when you are

     

  3. Afternoon at the Museum

    So we get in the car and after a while we are in town, where the Usual Suspects await.

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    We are going to the Textile Museum, quite the institution in a town once proud of selling its wares world wide, now living the harsh transition from the production of everything for everybody at nearly no cost, concentrating on its best for the millions of rich customers who look for it.

    Before it was like this.

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    Here the show - 30 years of the white shirts of Ferré

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    Quite impressed (and us two are the only ones not in the business).

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    Then on the way out we think of a little place for coffee and cake

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    Let’s hurry

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    There’s more where these came from

     

  4. In the sun, where the oranges. Again.

    So here we are, the week thinning into a short friday night sleep; we get up early, jump in the car and head north.
    Fast forward in the evening, meeting people getting ready, singing late, building their courage.
    Meet, chat, eat, and a little dance. And a solid read, afterwards.

    Sunday afternoon, so - and it has begun.
    Awaiting his turn, assembling the team while being judged

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    Fast forward a little, helmets on, facing the crowd

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    In the square, below and above

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    It’s exactly as it looks

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    Seconds later, another comes in

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    Safer for a while, above

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    Safer for a while, below

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    No fear, he says

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    Then again

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    So we move down a little and party

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    Hi everyone, missed you!


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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Oranges - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfrjw/sets/72157641775393493/ )
     

  5. There and then

    We’ve been in the sun for a while and still it shows, so time for an evening in the picture box.

    Almost alone in the pool.

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    Over there, ready for the fish

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    On the road to Kandy, stop for the market

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    But before, after a a day in the sun, heading indoors

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    Not so cold after all.

     

  6. Twice, twice, twice

    Let’s rewind a little, my lovely older niece finally visiting with a friend on the first seriously cold day, commenting on my happy tie.
    We chat and have plenty of tea, look at books, and discuss innocent absent ones - once, twice.


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    Then a little storytelling, and our guest looks in camera - once, twice.


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    Then today: hyper-active, tree-adorning, happily at rest - once, twice.

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    And so on - once, twice.

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    :)

     

  7. Up there with the kids

    Out of the door, into the car, headed North with the sun following us - but when we get there it’s dark. Food maelstrom ensues.

    Morning after. image

    The saturday garage sale, neatly organized around town. EPL38192.jpg

    Afternoon, ready when you are. EPL38216.jpg

    So he IS alive and hidden, actually just having a little vacation before going back to his bunker. EPL38235.jpg

    I met them like this, only I was much shorter then. They are about the same. EPL38244.jpg

    Always on duty EPL38273.jpg

    Just once (actually thrice) EPL38286.jpg 

    The little ones, plus one. EPL38299.jpg 

    And that’s about all - but there’s more where these came from!

     

  8. Time ago, again

    So I’m back, and just before heading into work I opted for a glimpse into the recently-processed-oh-my-what-a-huge-backlog-I-put-myself-into.

    Florence it was, after a little walk in the usual places, just before the train I stop in Santa Maria Novella square and meet Them:

    I mean, the best part of the Tuscan Medieval Infighting Obsession - Flagwavers

    Sure

    Ready

    Must not.

    Young one, I

    Young one, II

    There’s more where these came from - if I’m going to process them, of course.

    All with Olympus E-PL3 and the humble 14-42mkII, Lr 4.3 processed

     

  9. A Cautionary Tale, again

    So here I am, sitting in my little corner with a warm cup and with a little story to tell, which for your patience I’ll cut short -
    don’t, don’t, dont’ spend too many months leaving unprocessed pics behind your mind, and in the end accepting to do a quick pro bono gig with the results to be ready in a day for the real artists to work on..

    So I was at 2AM last Saturday discovering I still had all the Angkor stuff to sort, the Thailand pics all to meet their fate, and plenty of family winter pics before me - plus 2000 just-now-shot postage stamps from the show. Coffee is definitely needed.

    Fast forward to Sunday afternoon, after some radical pruning which showed me why serious photographers use those large pipes, and that you can do it with the little 45mm f/1,8 if you really want and can put some leg work into it till it’s done. So I just go on and process all the rest until it rests, and me too, waking only to find myself deep into server issues at work and humans, too.

    One

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    Two

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    Three

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    Four

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    Five

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    Six

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    Seven

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    Eight

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    Nine!

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    There’s many more out there.

     

  10. There and then

    SO it happens that October with its preoccupations comes to a halt, I leave unfinished business and happily jump on a friend’s car to Florence, where the train south awaits.


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    Fast forward a day on the move, an evening sampling recipes in a little alley near the Fort, a huge breakfast and there we are.


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    Then on to the usual places where you go when she is In Bangkok for the first time.

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    Happy and ready for pineapple. Two, please.

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    Then it rains, it stops, it rains, and we wait for the boat.

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    We reach the other side, and coffee, and people watching and a long chat.

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    And we start a long climb with a nice result.

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    There you are. Happy again.

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    Next day, almost a different world - and I love it, as long as I’m on foot!

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    We spend the day people watching, walking in and out, and having multiple delicious coffee while it rains and music plays inside, and one more pic please.

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    Then, sleep well and fast, and get up at 4am for the eastbound train to the border.
    One,

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    Two

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    And then we crossed (you know)

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    There’s more where these came from. All EXIF on flickr