a giveaway for the new year

Monday, November 23, 2009

As the new year creeps up on us and I figure out ways to have some of my own photos around the house, I decided to pick some of my favorites and put them together in a little calendar.

You can get a copy of the calendar yourself over here, if you would like, but I also have one extra copy to give away to one of you! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post by December 5th and I will pick one winner out of all the comments.

on montague - 2010 calendar

If you feel inspired to tell others about this giveaway on your blog or on Twitter (you can follow me over here), you'll get an extra entry. Just make sure you let me know!

In the meantime, I'm checking out of this space for a short little while to lounge out on a beach.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Today's Soundtrack
Susan Boyle - Wild Horses

fall hiking

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We headed out of town for two short days, just a few hours upstate. Our hopes for a fall-foliage-frolicking-filled weekend were initially dashed by copious amounts of rain on Saturday which left us stuck in front of the fire place, watching movies, for hours. I know, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

tall ones

But Sunday was glorious. Gloriously foggy and misty, sure. And severely lacking of leaves on the trees, but the ones on the grounds were still bright and cheery and crunchy enough for our city dwelling feet to stomp on.

fall pola

made for walking
photo by elizabeth.

this is elizabeth! look at that cute camera!

Today's soundtrack
Glee cast - Defying Gravity

ps: come back early this coming week for a special giveaway!

my home

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I sometimes forget how lucky I was to grow up where I did, in a gorgeous town in Northern Italy, nestled deep in that foggy, stunning valley called Pianura Padana. I took cobble stone streets and friendly faces for granted, and when I visit now, I am so much more aware of how utterly stunning 'home' really is for me.
I was back there a few cloudy, moody days last March. Winter was just about to loosen its grip, but Spring was not yet quite visible. You could notice it if you looked carefully for small buds on the trees, or smelled the subtle change in the air.
The light was sad, but beautiful to me. We crossed the river on Ponte Pietra, the bridge I walked across nearly every day on the way back from school.

ponte (di) pietra - edited

We walked up the shallow steps towards the old Castel San Pietro, up above the old roman theater, looking longingly at the homes tucked away on the side of the hill.


senza lenzuola

The view from the top was as breathtaking as it ever was on the countless afternoons I spent there in the past, despite, or maybe because of, the clouds.


I know I was luckier than most, growing up here. But I think we all look back to the places we grew up in with the eyes of the children we were. And whether it was Verona, Italy or Verona, New Jersey, they deserve a second, closer look. I bet you'd be surprised by what you might find.

Today's Soundtrack
Nick Drake - Pink Moon