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image Much to our surprise we found that it was only one and half hours from Bologna to Venice, so on our second day in Bologna, we were off down Via Indipendenza early to catch the train to Venice.

On the train I was sitting next to an Italian lady of the ‘destra’ ( the right ) who, ignoring my rather patchy Italian, asked me when the train arrived at her destination. Having established that we could communicate, she then complained bitterly about the immigration situation in Italy. Followed that up with more a about a black Ministra de Qualcosa (Minister of something) who had brought in a law where you no longer have a father or a mother, but Parent 1 and Parent 2. What was that about? Gay rights? I am not sure but the Signora of the right didn’t like it.

imageVenice. Walked our feet off. Walking and snapping, walking and snapping. Having found the Rialto Bridge, we found a place nearby and stopped for lunch. Salad Nizzarda. A place where I could sketch the view across the canal and we could rest our feet.

imageFrom there we made our way to Piazza San Marco. So many tourists, but so beautiful. You will have seen by now that I am fascinated by rooflines. Look at this one.

My only purchases in Venice, with all the temptation, were a few handblown glass beads, and some letterpress bookmarks. (This seems to be the Journey of the Bookmarks). A bit footsore, we made our way slowly slowly (piano piano) back to the railway station via a gelateria, um two gelaterias. Due gelaterie. Dark chocolate and stracciatella, apricot and ‘special with biscuits’. Another stop was for a cold coffee, not an iced coffee, a cold coffee, but it hit the spot. And then a beer while we waited for the train. Late back to Bologna, and a molto interessante bus ride back up Via Indipendenza. Sandwich, wine, bed.


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Sketching Newtown Coffee shops (2) Chill Cafe

Yes, I got the name wrong in my sketchbook – too late at night when I finally did the heading. Sorry, Chill Cafe. I went to fill in time between an appointment and the button shop opening. All Buttons Great and Small is the best button shop in Sydney. You can find the most amazing treasures there.

I needed a button to finish a necklace. The necklace, as you see below is blue, however all the blue buttons looked too green. Then I found this amethyst coloured glass button. Seen  with the blues, it picks up the colour of the necklace.

I drew the button on my page when I got home, because I didn’t have time to stop to draw a chair (they had one that is good to draw) and though the coffee and cookie were good, the  cups were white. Sigh.

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Red coral

I was planning on drawing something more elaborate that I’d made but I didn’t get time till I was already in bed at night, so I though to draw the necklace that I’d been wearing all day

I bought these beads at a new shop in the Monkey Forest Road. I also bought some sodalite ones (blue) the same shape. I wish I’d bought lots more but I didn’t think it would be so long till I was back in Bali. I’m really hanging on going back there again.


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Bead weaving

This is what I do in the evening when I’m watching tv. Well, sometimes I’m only listening to the tv, and watching what I’m doing.  It is done with a needle and thread – a very small needle.This is a spiral rope chain with some pearl picots at the front.

This one is Ndebele stitch, which I just taught myself using a number of tutorials. The twist is caused by a difference in the size of beads.  I used small pale green pearly seed beads and a triangle bead mix.

This is another spiral rope in green using drop beads in the front and some of that spiral mix I like so much.

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