it’s a cool autumn evening up here in moss cottage. i just came inside from the patio for the night. was thinking that i’d share something with you…
this old crumbly sketchbook from 1911.
i acquired it on ebay some months back.
i wasn’t sure about plunking down the dough for this one as it was substantial, but i put in a low-ball offer and was surprised when it got accepted.
a travel sketchbook from a long ago mediterranean sea voyage.
i marvel at the people captured on the deck. enjoying the views, the sea air, a bit of warm sun.
can’t you just imagine these women posing there against the railing? i wonder how long they stood there.
in 2000 i drove up this very hill, lykavittos , the path of the wolves, with my greek friend, dimitris. up up up through the forested slopes we climbed until we finally came to the clearing at the very top with a panoramic view of athens spread out below. there was a small church on top and i bought a small sequined tchotchke that i still have all these years later. no wolves on top of the hill but lots of dogs.
love these images of athens so so much.
another familiar scene.
what an amazing trip this must’ve been for the artist. each scene so beautifully rendered.
oh i know this place! recognized it immediately before i even saw the name scrawled below.
in 1911 the ottoman empire was still in existence. it would be a dozen more years until the creation of the republic of turkey and the change of the name to istanbul.
if i listen close i can hear the call to prayer ringing out across the city. if there is a more haunting beautiful sound i have not heard it.
look at that azure water
i dream of floating down the turquoise coast someday. stopping for swims in the luminous water.
…to the east coast of sicily and the ancient city of syracuse founded by the ancient greeks.
what a wonder.
look closely. can you see the tiny people sketched in below?
i don’t know what happened to the person who painted these pictures. but i am ever so glad they made their way across the seas and the miles and the long years all the way to my doorstep. i will place them among the other strays i’ve collected.
hope you’re enjoying october in your part of the world. baking pies, chopping wood, canning the last of the summer harvest, putting your gardens to bed for the winter, picking apples, making cider, reading, napping, walking, collecting leaves and acorns. all that.
i’ll just be here with the cat posse. doing this & that.