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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 10:05pm on 11/10/2012 under , , ,
It is very wet today. As I drove up the hill from the promenade to the village (about 1/2k or so) there was water running down it, all the way, like a small river. I know it is worse in Clovelly but, even so, it is still unusual to create waves all the way up Summer Hill.

When I got home my screen saver made me smile - and so I thought I might upload a few of the pictures and share them.

You'll see the relevance of the opening sentences if you look

My current screen saver is the folder containing some of D-d's pictures of Italy - I hope these brighten up the day for any of my friends who are having cold, wet, weather today, too.

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Venice 1

venice 2

Venice 3

Venice 5

There - doesn't that make you feel all serene?
Mood:: 'peaceful' peaceful
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posted by [identity profile] at 09:23pm on 11/10/2012
Venice is nice, I've been there. :) And it's special during carnival time. ;)
posted by [identity profile] at 09:33pm on 11/10/2012
It is lovely, isn't it? The only time I was there was on a trip from Croatia, many years ago.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:39pm on 11/10/2012
Those are beyond gorgeous! Wow! Never been there. Would love to go.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:54pm on 11/10/2012
It is a fascinating place - but when I was there they hadn't invented the digital camera. However my daughter is a really good photographer, at least I think so, and is always happy for me to share this sort of picture.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:01pm on 11/10/2012
She has a great eye for those street-scapes [pretty sure that is not a word!].

The rain you are having sounds intense. We get incredible rain here from time to time (sometimes I feel like I am on a ship at sea in one of those Age of Sail movies--just in case I should ever forget I am on the ocean), but hardly any flooding of streets. My part of the city is on a hill.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:34pm on 11/10/2012
Seems a pretty good word to me. Possibly even canal-scapes in this case!

It was the way the rain was streaming down the hill, and up through the grids, too, that surprised me. I love that feeling of being on a ship at sea, too - especially when it is wet and windy.
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posted by [personal profile] kathyh at 09:43pm on 11/10/2012
It seems to have been permanently damp here today but pictures of Venice do bring the sunshine. I've been there twice and the first time I was amazed to discover that we had to go into St Mark's on duckboards because the entrance was flooded.

I seem to remember a quote from Tolkien saying that Venice was "elvishly lovely" which I've always liked.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:56pm on 11/10/2012
We've veered between damp, first thing, to an absolute downpour for all the afternoon.

You know I have been looking at some of her pictures and thinking 'Tirion' - but perhaps I should have 'built' my version of Alqualonde with canals rather than streets!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:43pm on 11/10/2012
Venice is a gorgeous place, and one of my favourite spots in the whole wide world.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:57pm on 11/10/2012
To be perfectly honest I prefer Florence - I might post some Florentine pics on another glum day.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:02pm on 11/10/2012
Oh, do post Florence--I'll look forward to it!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:35pm on 11/10/2012
It's a promise. This icon is D-d in Florence.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:17pm on 12/10/2012
Actually, I could never make up my mind which is more gorgeous, Florence or Venice. I've got a good friend whose family has been living in Venice generations out of mind though, and so I got an insider's look at the city, and that has tipped the balance in it's favour in my heart.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:27pm on 12/10/2012
Speaking of the insider's view, have you ever seen 'Francesco's Venice'?

I've just posted a few Florence pictures.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:38pm on 13/10/2012
I've heard a lot about it, but I've never seen it. I know it's supposed to be very good.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:08pm on 13/10/2012
Well worth seeing if you ever see a cheap copy on DVD.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:04pm on 11/10/2012
So pretty. *sigh*
posted by [identity profile] at 10:36pm on 11/10/2012
It made me feel warmer and almost summery, looking at them.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:15pm on 11/10/2012
Venice...La Serenissima.
I was there last year and need (yes, NEED) to go again and spend more time there.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:31am on 12/10/2012
It is rather beautiful- but, as I said to someone else, if I had to choose I'd go to Florence!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:24pm on 12/10/2012
Oh, I much prefer Florence culturally...but Venice is just so unique geographically and it has a kind of crumbling and decrepit beauty that you don't find elsewhere.
Edited Date: 2012-10-12 09:24 pm (UTC)
posted by [identity profile] at 09:32pm on 12/10/2012
It is rather beautiful in its decay - like an ageing duchess.

Although, of all her Venice pictures, this is one of my favourites - it says so much about the city simply refusing to be a sinking museum!

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I've just posted a small sample of Florence, by the way.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:17pm on 12/10/2012
THAT is a wonderful picture!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:21am on 12/10/2012
OUTSTANDING! I want to go....

- Erulisse (one L)
posted by [identity profile] at 07:33am on 12/10/2012
It is a lovely place - and she has a good eye for a picture!
posted by [identity profile] at 03:38am on 12/10/2012
Why yes that does make me feel serene!

It's been 80-something days since we've had rain here; we're setting all kinds of records. But the rain is supposed to be back tomorrow! And probably last until early July, but that's why it's so pretty and green here... My garden will be happy, even if I'm a little bummed!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:36am on 12/10/2012
Gosh - that is really unusual for your part of the world, isn't it?

Today the rain has stopped and the streets are dry again - it looks as if it is going to be a nice autumn day.

Here's hoping, for your garden, that you get something, today, akin to what we got yesterday.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:04am on 12/10/2012
Ah, yes. *sitting serenely listening to the rain on the window*
It's been raining all night, here.

I love the way the sunlight slants in and creates contrast.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:40am on 12/10/2012
It's gone from us now as it moved your way. I quite like to listen to it, as long as I haven't got to go out and walk any distance in it!

I agree with you about the slanting sunshine really making those pictures - she has a good eye for a picture, my daughter.
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posted by [identity profile] at 07:41am on 12/10/2012
I really hope that you can, too.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:19am on 12/10/2012
Serene and envious! Though the streets are clear here.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:45am on 12/10/2012
Can't beat a spot of serenity to start the day. Our streets are dry now - and the sun is just breaking through.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:06am on 12/10/2012
Fabulous pics - I'd love to go to Venice! Hope you're not too swamped :)
posted by [identity profile] at 11:57am on 12/10/2012
Today is bright and sunny and it's hard to imagine how very wet it was yesterday!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:21am on 12/10/2012
What lovely photos.

The weather here doesn't know what it wants to do. We have heavy rain interspersed with small periods of sunshine. The heavy winds are constant though.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:58am on 12/10/2012
My daughter has a good eye for a picture. Today, here, is lovely - bright, sunny, only a brisk breeze!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:15pm on 12/10/2012
We had the rain all day Thursday, but today's been sunny and clear. Wasn't it Mark Twain who's supposed to have cabled his editor when he arrived in Venice "Streets full of water. Please advise."??
posted by [identity profile] at 06:45pm on 12/10/2012
It's been like that here, too, today - fickle weather!

I thought it was Mark Twain - but a quick Google tells me it was someone called Robert Benchley who wrote for the New Yorker. I think the quote was in my mind which is why I thought of Venice.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:22pm on 12/10/2012
We had a flood in the kitchen last night! Someone was supposed to be fixing the roof but he nearly cut his leg off with a chainsaw on another job. It then became injected and he's just spent 10 days in hospital. I'm keeping fingers crossed today's dry weather lasts as long as his recovery!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:40pm on 12/10/2012
Meep! To both flood and attempted self-amputation by your workman. I hope you have a watertight roof before you next need it.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:54pm on 13/10/2012
Lovely pics. I have "Francisco's Venice' as well as another series about the Mediterannean. Reminds me it is time to watch them again.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:11pm on 13/10/2012
D-d bought the book of Francesco's Venice (or possibly Francesco's Italy) to remind herself of the best bits on the plane on the way there. They repeat them now and again on British TV, too.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:20am on 14/10/2012
They haven't been repeated here, but since I have the DVD's it doesn't matter.


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