A Walk to the Windmill

Today it was cloudy. Despite the recent cloudy and cool weather the oranges continue to ripen outside our window.

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We waited until mid-afternoon and decided to take a hike when the sky became lighter. Our destination was the windmill that sits on a hill/mountain halfway to Fort St. Elme. This is something you have seen in our previous photos, but always as seen from the harbor. It’s a beautiful hike up terraces of olive trees with peek-a-boo views of the harbor, the town, and the Pyrenees.

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Along the hike we met Jean Marie and Marie, a couple near our ages. Originally from Catalan France, they now live in Toulouse and vacation here in Catalonia. We spent a wonderful half hour conversing with them and sharing our histories. They spoke French and Spanish and I speak Spanish (sort of) and English. Jean speaks English and we both speak a very little French. It was great fun trying to switch between three languages in an attempt to explain what we meant. We exchanged contact information and perhaps our paths will cross again in the future.

However, I do not want you to get the impression that all was fun and games today. I also practiced my ukulele…twice.

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I also have done some paintings recently in my continuing attempts at abstracts. Here are the two latest. I’ve been drawn to natural shapes without the details that define the objects.

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Tomorrow the sun is supposed to shine!



About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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3 Responses to A Walk to the Windmill

  1. gwpj says:

    Loe your paintings, Paul.

  2. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    Somehow my comments have vanished. I was saying that the practicing master is still a master. And also admitting that I should have followed your advise and walk up to the windmill; it seems the view from there was spectacular. Too bad the sun did not shine at that very moment. Frankly, it should shine as our — not at its — whim.

  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I adore the abstracts, Paul; you have nice feel for them.

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