What a long time it has been since I've stopped by to share on this special spot of mine.
There are lots of reasons why that has been, but I don't think now is the time to go into all that.
I'd much rather talk about fun things like our recent day trip to beautiful Marzamemi.
I've written about Marzamemi before, but I can't resist adding my latest impressions. It is a a stunning old fishing village with a sweet port, full of those colorful wooden fishing boats that are so typically Sicilian. Just beside the port is a majestic piazza lined with beautiful old buildings, just begging to be photographed while sitting at a cafe sipping your beverage of choice. This is also the perfect spot for an impromptu soccer match with the kiddos, so (reminder to self) don't forget to bring a ball.
In the summer months the main reason to come here is to spend a day at one of the nearby beaches, all of which are of the fine white sand, limpid blue water variety.
You can also eat delicious food of course. Seafood and tomatoes are what it is best known for. Tomatoes are grown in fields all around the town and they just don't get any sweeter than this.
We spent some time surrounded by such fields, in a peaceful countryside spot at a dear friend's house. I just love it when countryside comes with seaside views. They have chosen to cultivate olives rather than tomatoes, and we wandered through the rows of olive trees, picked wild daisies and hunted for ladybugs. The kids got lost in their own adventures so there was also time to sneak away and find a quiet place to sketch.
My beloved new phone has a little stylus and a Sketchbook app that has opened up a magical, colorful and whimsical world of digital art making. I have made a little challenge to myself to make a sketch a day, and so far I have been meeting the challenge pretty well. For some reason this technique just inspires me to create and has allowed me to embrace my love of being creative in a new way that is also really fun and easy to share.
So as I snuck away with my phone I knew I was heading for a patch of those vibrant, happy, yellow daisies.
And this is what they inspired me to create.