Goodbye Tomie de Paola

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My son and I loved de Paola’s books and had the privilege of meeting him once.  I will always treasure his signature next to his illustration of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.  He looked at me at the book signing and said, “oh, you know this painting?” and I smiled and nodded. RIP.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/tomie-depaola-creator-of-gently-humorous-picture-books-dies-at-85/2020/03/30/156e6992-72db-11ea-a9bd-9f8b593300d0_story.html

Countdown to wisteria splendor!

The wisteria in Italy is magnificent.  I may not be able to view it in my favorite places this spring, because of the La Quarentena.  However, I got a sneak preview on my way to the market recently.  Crossing over the Mugnone river near my home, is a lovely little pedestrian bridge that somebody beautifully planned.  It has an arbor above and a gorgeous wisteria vine covering it.

Here’s the overpass and you can see that the wisteria is getting ready to burst into bloom!

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Here are close ups of the racemes in their current state of growth.  I hope I’ll have the chance to see it in bloom in a couple of weeks.

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