The In-Between … Florence, Italy

 

 

Between

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We were in Italy the past couple of weeks. Started in Florence for a few days, rented a spectacular villa in Tuscany for a week with five couples from our neighbourhood, and then spent the last four days in Venice.

This trip proved an epiphany for me ~ a sign that the worst of my journey with adrenal fatigue is likely behind me, and that I can now look forward to being more fully engaged with life.

I can hardly express my relief.

For the past few years I’ve inhabited the in-between ~ crossing the bridge from a life time of PTSD, and all the dysfunction that implies, to a healthier and more functional way of being. I’ve been healing and this trip to a land steeped in culture and history and landscape and pizza has proven just how far I’ve come.

Italy, my panacea ~ the flavourful food, the delicious wines, the interesting character(s), the incredible vistas, the intense colours, the ornate murano glass, the exquisite leathers and fabrics, the refreshing gelato … an exquisite jumping off point to another amazing chapter in my life.

I feel so fortunate.

Of course, the healing journey continues, but I can move forward now knowing that the progress has been worth the pain and that I am on the right track.

So, with beautiful Italy still very much forefront in my mind it seems appropriate to share this image taken from the Ponte San Trinita in Florence, looking down the River Arno toward the Ponte alla Carraia. Beyond this second bridge and waving between the arches is a sculpted stickman planted on some kind of jetty in the middle of the river ~ no doubt there to add a little whimsy and amuse those, like myself, addicted to standing on a bridge capturing countless images of the setting sun in Italy.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Shout Outs

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

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Please … don’t move!

This Artful Journey

2812 photography

Beyond the Brush

Flying Change

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

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Dallard and Hershey

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As we all know the trajectory of a life can change in a split second. You might call it a flying change.

Yesterday I was watching my new friend Dallard and his horse, Hershey, have a lesson with our coach, Stefan.

In this precise moment they’d just executed a lovely flying lead change (when a horse switches canter leads in mid air, thus a “flying” change), while Stefan pointed them in the new direction.

The remarkable thing about this image is the backstory.

Dallard purchased Hershey, a half-Thoroughbred/half-Hanoverian gelding, in June 2005 for his wife, Karen, six months after her diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. She was not a smoker.

In his own words: “She competed him once at an RCRA (Royal Canadian Riding Academy) Ice Breaker to complete a bucket list item. She was absolutely thrilled. I was Hershey’s groom for those three and a half years and I fell in love with him.”

When Karen died on July 18, 2008, Dallard couldn’t bear to part with Hershey and so started to ride, even though he’d had no previous riding experience.

Dallard is 70 years young.

Hershey is an angel.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Which Way Now 101

Hellisjones

 

Sydney, Australia ~ With a Twist

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

I’m not sure why, but when I saw that this week’s challenge I immediately thought of our vacation in Sydney, Australia, and recalled the many shapes and textures that garnish this beautiful city.

A beautiful city with a twist.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Travel Moments

Photographs by Timothy S. Allen

Pairings:: Art + What Goes With It

On the Move at Toronto Harbour …

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

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A tall ship redux …

Last summer I had an opportunity to go boating on Lake Ontario when the tall ships, and other sailing vessels, were bounding around Toronto harbour.

Herewith a few moments “on the move.”

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On water

past and present

 

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On the Move

fly by

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Heat wave

heat wave

 

For further images of this delightful afternoon, check out

Tall Ships on the Horizon

and

More Tall Ships on the Horizon.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Shout Outs

Ohm Sweet Ohm

Paul van der Werff

Tanza-Longs

Memory Catcher

Six Degrees Photography

A Spring Roll

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

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The horses were double-blanketed for most of this past brutal winter.

One of the first encouraging signs of spring was getting to turn our four-legged friends out into the paddocks naked.

Here’s a sequence I happened to capture a couple of weeks ago while Bear and Dream were enjoying some spring sunshine.

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Bear enjoys a moment in basking in the warm sun. Meanwhile ...

“Oh, what a lovely afternoon for basking in the sun,” muses Bear. “I wonder what Dream’s up to … “

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... a delightful spring roll. "Hmmm," muses Bear ...

“Hey, Bear! You gotta do this! Man, I forgot how good this feels!”

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... "Now it's my turn." Dream responds, "Have at it." ...

“Right then. Make way …”

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Right here will do nicely ...

“Oh yes, this is a good idea …”

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"Need help there, buddy?" asks Dream

“Need help there, buddy?” asks Dream.

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"No thanks, dude, I'm done."

“No thanks, dude, I’m done. That was awesome.”

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lkjl

“Great idea, Dream. Nothing quite like a spring roll.”

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Please … don’t move!

Nuno Pratas Fotographia

Lonely Travelog

“On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea”

This, that and the other thing

 

TITANIC … Cobh Harbour, Ireland

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

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 Titanic

The memorial at Cobh Harbour, Ireland, the final port of call before Titanic set sail for New York City, is a blink-and-you-miss-it and almost nondescript moment.
Still, the titanic letters underscore a titanic miscalculation on a titanic voyage, and a titanic loss.

Titanic Plaque

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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