Wildflowers in Spring Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/newspaper 17 x 25" 41 x 63cm 160.00
We took the Villa Borghese on its first major ride on Friday, only to discover it is impossible to roll up the driver’s side window, once it is down. Blair took the ticket at the toll booth and then was unable to close the window. Some 30 kilometers later there was a turn-off where a man selling socks in the parking lot helped him to close the pneumonia hole. From then on, we had to open the door at toll booths (only 3), at which time the intensely loud beeper would ring, and Harika would bark, and the peace of our trip to the beach dispelled.
Spring Blossoms Blair Pessemier Acrylic/canvas 20 x 16" 50 x 40cm
And what a trip it was! It could have been spread to a week (but who knows when the window will be fixed? that's not villa Borghese). We drove to Cervia, a town on the Adriatic. It was a little overly-fixed-up to accommodate vacationing Italian families, but we were able to find an opening onto the beach where Harika and I ran about briefly. The sand was that lux slippery fine type. We retreated to the canal by the sea, lined with boats and quite interesting stone buildings. We ate homemade pasta with little Adriatic clams, and fried mixed seafood. It was yummy and fun.
Forsythia Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/newspaper 17 x 25" 41 x 63cm
Soccer, er Footballl in Rocca Malatina Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/panel 10 x 14" 25 x 35cm
We met a toothless monk as we strolled the grounds. I gave him my Madonna book and he gave me a book about the Abbey. We had to leave to reach our next destination.
At 5PM we would hear Jhumpa Lahiri (one of Blair’s favorite authors) speak in Forli, about her new book. It was ok, the interviewer and his lackluster questions leaving something to be desired. JL was an interesting person, Indian by nationality, American by citizenship, writing in Italian, where she “found herself”. Her new book is “Dove Mi Trovo” (where I find myself). We were introduced to her writing by “In Other Words”, where she writes, in Italian and English, about learning Italian.
We rolled back home at 8 PM. We’re not going anyplace today.
the villa Borghese
Laurie and Blair PESSEMIER