“reflections and thanks” revisited

I posted this photograph six years ago today in response to The Weekly Photo Challenge that so many of us used to be part of. Given how we are all supporting each other in the blogosphere, the world’s safest place to practice social distancing during these challenging times, my thanks today are for all the heroes and heroines working so hard to save us all.
Cortona ii
The photo was taken early one summer’s evening from the Youth Hostel in Cortona, Italy and shows the bells of the Chiesa del Torreone reflected in our bedroom window with Lake Trasimeno seen shimmering in the distance; a moment of pure magic.

My little watercolour shows reflections in the window of another Italian youth hostel in Finale Ligure, the magnificent Castello Vuillerman, recorded in my Journal on July 2, 1999. We’ll never forget climbing the more than three hundred steps, with packs on our backs, to the Castello where the view of the city, seen in this window reflection, was well worth the climb.

I hope this raises your spirits just a little. Be well and stay safe.


Machu Picchu


Today, May 19th, marks the One Year Anniversary of thechangingpalette. 

Happy Birthday to me!

I started blogging one year ago as a complete novice with machupicchucountdownin preparation for our trek to Machu Picchu, the adventure of a lifetime .  With this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art, my recent painting of this archeological wonder seems to be the perfect way to celebrate the occasion.

Thank you to WordPress who make it all possible, to the great people at The Daily Post who have made me a better blogger (I hope), and to all of you who have been gracious enough to follow me on my journey. Over the year I have met so many of you in the blogosphere and have enjoyed your company as we have travelled together to distant lands and shared new adventures.

I look forward to Year Two of the thechangingpalette and very much hope that you will continue to join me on my journey.  With best wishes…Andrew