The Pause that Refreshes … Firenze, Italy

Feeling hot hot hot

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I’m feeling somewhat nostalgic about our amazing trip to Italy last summer, so I’ve decided I’m going to do my best to take a moment each day for the next two weeks to post a memory from that incredible vacation.

Our journey began in Firenze. The weather was impossibly hot the entire trip, which was lovely in its way because it forced us to slow down … and stop often for gelato (which isn’t fattening, by the way. 😉 …)

The image depicted, captured outside the Duomo in Firenze, reminds me of both solitudes. The young man unabashedly languishing in the heat, while a woman at the other end of the stone bench nurtures her gelato.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Heart-to-Heart

Monochrome Madness 2-3

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Heart to Heart

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This image was captured late last summer while I was engaged in the facilitated equine experiential learning certification program.

I love this moment. It seems to me Aria and her two-month old foal, Dancer, are having a teaching moment ~ a heart-to-heart.

Horses are completely open with each other, and us, all the time. They need to be. Their survival depends upon it.

Allowing my heart to be open in the presence of the sensitive and non-judgemental horse is one of the most soul satisfying experiences I’ve ever experienced.

Being able to facilitate this with others who have a desire to heal their lives is something I look forward to as the future unfolds.

In the meantime, I continue to engage in, and enjoy, my own heart-to-heart with the horses.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Summer Itch

Monochrome Madness #54

Summer Itch

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A lovely summer 2014 memory …

Bear scratches an itch.

Looking forward to taking my little rehab horse for his first outdoor walk of 2015 once the ice has melted and he can start nibbling at the grass.

It’s been a hard winter.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Maui Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

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Maui Sunset

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It’s snowing and -11C (-17C wind chill) after a week of -30C. Practically balmy out there, I suppose. Still, the winter chill is so embedded in our damp southern Ontario climate right now it goes straight through you.

With Bear in convalescence and me his chief nurse I don’t really have the luxury of going anywhere warm for an extended period of time. So I’ll resign myself to basking in the captured glow of the setting Maui sun and the warm memories that brings.

Spring is only four weeks away.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Colle Sereno

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

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Colle Sereno

On a serene hill near Iano in Tuscany sits a beautiful villa with views for miles around.

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Colle Sereno II

In the early morning gentle mists shroud the valleys as light bursts upon the hills.

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Colle Sereno III

And in the evening, the sun descends beyond a serene Tuscan silhouette bringing the day to rest.

It’s been six months since our stay at beautiful Colle Sereno.

I could use a little serenity … now. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015