We have been collaborating artists our entire married lives. Our work is always evolving. The experiences we share, or individually participate in, become a part of what we create. Bruce photographs and throws pots and I paint and create jewelry and other objects from precious metals. Bruce's photos are sometimes the inspiration or reference for my paintings and often times I sculpt and carve into his pottery. The results from our combined knowledge and skills becomes something beautiful that we enjoy sharing. Enjoy.

Jul 19, 2016

Week one in Tuscany

A wonderful visit to Venice, Italy.
 Venice was beautiful and the beauty of the age of all the buildings and churches added to all its charm.

 We had a wonderful guide lead us through the city and reminded us of the sinking of this wonderful place. I learned that Venice was built on a marsh and that the water beneath the city is slowly seeping back and rising.
 And oh the gelato! So many flavors so little time!

 Mosaic floors of a Bascillica

Our visit to Venice

Once settled in the villa we began to do some exploring. One of our group planned the Venice trip and arranged for guide and found a wonderful hotel overlooking the canal. There were nine of us making this trip! We drove to a nearby town to catch a train to Florence to catch a fast speed train to Venice. We found using the train was far more reasonable than driving since parking was at a minimum in places where tourists enjoyed gathering.

On the water bus
 The water travel in Venice was shared by all size boats. We even saw one carrying someone's furniture during a move!

 The Gondolas were decorated on levels, some were ornate and others not so much.

Jul 18, 2016

Week One in Tuscany

Once we landed in Florence Italy and got shuttled to the Hertz Rental Location we got off the bus to an unexpected and lovely surprise. There were our friends from home! Our Utica connection, as we
began calling ourselves! Our flights didn't even leave from the same states and our connections were in different countries! If we tried, I'm sure we could never have planned meeting them at the rental place, and yet here we all were hauling our luggage around and trying to figure out how to get our cars! OK, so off we go in our three different cars, trying to follow each other to our Villa destination in Italy where the signage and language are all so confusing! But hey, we found each other, right? Well, within minutes all three cars were going in different directions!

I won't even try to describe the nightmare we experienced trying to find our Villa! Once we left the metropolitan area of Florence and entered the Pisa Providence and Tuscany rural area, we found no
one spoke English! And as you can tell from the pictures; the path led up and up and up. Our Villa Fattoria Poggioasciolo is situated on the side.... more like at the top of a Tuscan hill, a very very steep hill!!!!!

Week One in Tuscany

We flew from Miami on Air Berlin.....Big plane! I guess I'm not used to over seas flights! They offered beer and wine down the isles! Guess who had nice cold beer instead of soda or juice? Yep, Me!!!
This was a bar in the airport in Dueseldorf, Germany, where we had a five hour layover.

Jul 17, 2016


Well friends, I am so sorry I failed the blogging test!!! I had such great intentions of trying to journal my way through Tuscany, all while sharing it with you. The explanation is rather simple. The Villa
was very remote and the communication was spotty and very unreliable. It did allow me to post on
FB,( I'm not sure what that means ) but it would not allow me to post on this blog! Any how, I'm
going to "after the trip" journal for the next few weeks, so if you're still interested, I'd love it if you
joined me!!! Stay posted and this time I promise it will work!!!