Thursday, July 21, 2011

turquoise muslin



I do so enjoy dyeing my own muslin. Especially, when I get to dye it in such a pretty shade of turquoise. So refreshing.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rome

Rome was the very last part of our trip, and the best was definately saved for last.

This is the Colosseum and there are not words for seeing this. I've been looking at it in books and movies, and pictures and FINALLY I'm standing in front of it wondering how something really be that old and still be standing. Wow! Seeing this made the entire trip.



This is the Sistine Chapel, and yes, I did have to sneak the picture in. With the exception of seeing the David, this came in a very close second best for art.




Swiss Guard in Vatican City.






Panthon.







I didnt get pictures of a small museum we toured called the Borghese Gallery, but it was by far my favorite museum of the entire trip, not for the paintings (though they were great), but for the sculptures. It's definately a must see and we just barely made it in as it was close to closing.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Bees

I spent the day with the Bee Keeper (aka Dad) and my Grandma.

It's bee robbing time.






















They are not happy about this.





My job was very small. I had to do what Grandma called skiving (not sure I'm spelling it right). With a heated knife you gently cut off the outside wax to get to the honey. It's alot harder than it sounds, and looks.


then the honeycombs are placed into a retractor and you spin and spin and spin it (by hand). After that its smooth sailing with jarring the honey.




this little nifty contraption I really liked. The combs sat in these buckets between times after I skived until my brother retracted and all the leftover honey that fell there and where I was skiving was placed in this collander and drip, drip, drip until it separated from the wax. All leftovers were given back to the bees.



We ended up with well over a gallon of honey and now I have to figure out what I'm going to do with it all.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

I'd never heard of Sorrento when we first read our itinerary for Italy and this was the last few days of the trip and I was ready to get to Rome by this point. But this turned out to be my favorite everything for the whole trip. Best hotel, best food, best views, best everything.

We actually stayed in Sorrento, but took a bus tour through the loveliest little towns all the way to Amalfi where we got to do some roaming around.

This is Amalfi. It was really stunning.


This is pictures taken from the bus on the way to Amalfi.







A little fruit and veggie stand in Sorrento with grapes the size quarters.





This is the beach at Amalfi. I'm used to white sand and gorgeous waters on the Gulf Coast, but though the sand wasnt up to par the water was nice and clear, and really cold, and you really cannot beat that view in the background.




Um, do lemons really get this big. Yes. These are about the size of a softball and we saw some that were even bigger than that.


What do they do with them? Limonecello. MMmmm. No, truthfully, seriously strong. You get a little shot of it and it tastes good, but its so strong its hard to drink. After just a couple of sips I had a bad case of the giggles.



When we first arrived in Sorrento, we took off for a walk to see the Mediterranean Sea. We ended up here at the nicest little restaurant (I think it was called Terrazza or something like that) and a view to die for while we watched the sun set. The ravioli was good too!








Friday, July 1, 2011

Florence

Another Italian city with narrow cobblestone streets and skooters ripping up the roads.







I saw and walked through so many churches by this point of my trip that they are all blurring together.





Our hotel was near here, and it was a very nice walk.







This one was from the opposite side of the river.