Italy in small details (2)

Poetry & Writing

Here in the UK, 2021, we still can’t travel anywhere, so here are a few more images of Italy, focusing on the small details. These images were taken in Lucca, Florence and Rome around summer/autumn, 2016. Enjoy…

I have a few more sets of photographs from other cities around the world, which may find their way into a new post in the future. In the meantime, I’d love for you to share your travel stories with me. Get in touch…

Italy – in small details (1)

Poetry & Writing

These photographs were taken in September 2016, around the cities of Rome, Florence and Lucca. I guess since we aren’t currently allowed to travel anywhere, I thought it might be nice to reminisce about happier times…

One of the pictures below (top left) shows some small detail on a statue in Florence. Tortoises are a common motif of artwork commissioned by the Medici family, but you don’t notice them until you spot four or five in a single morning!

There’s something about the small, sometimes missed, details – in backstreets, doorways, or looking down on you from the corners old old buildings – that I find intriguing. Individually, they are a curiosity. Collectively, they form interesting insights into the cities they have inhabited for years – or in some cases, centuries.

So be sure to keep your eye out for the small details, next time you find yourself somewhere new!

A walk in the woods

Poetry & Writing

It is said that a walk in the woods is a great way to recharge your mind and revive a weary soul. I think we’ve all needed a little more of that during the last few months.

These two pictures were taken at the weekend, just outside of the market town Hexham, in the county of Northumberland, England. And when I say just outside, I mean less than a ten minute walk from the historic Abbey in the town’s market square – there really isn’t much by way of suburbs here.

Sunlight peeking through the tops of this wonderful pine forest in Northumberland

The forest is managed; parts of it are felled for paper at the right time, while other sections regrow. This means that the trees are planted roughly in rows, with paths of varying difficulty throughout it’s floor. However, on the day we wandered around, our only companions were the birds flying overhead in the July sun, and the ants busying themselves in and out of the enormous ant hills in the forest.

Access to experiences such as this on my own doorstep are a reminder of how lucky we are in this part of the world, especially during the last four months of lockdown here in the UK. It has certainly helped ease my anxiety and frustration at not being able to move forward with the music projects I had planned for this summer – but more on those soon…