Mrs QS & I inside the Arena Verona just before the start of Aida, during our Italy adventure last June.
It’s a picture we both liked very much for what it represents to us as we celebrated 35 years of Marriage.
That became 36 years today😊
When I joined the Forum a couple of months ago, having been absent for a while, I tweaked my username and wanted a new avatar. I have a lovely little Murano glass bowl that I bought in Italy many years ago, so decided to use that. It normally sits on a table, where it looks predominantly orange and black, but when I held it up to the light, I was amazed to find that the black was blue and that the light came through. I must have owned it for 30 years, and it was a very pleasant surprise.
My avatar shows Sweelinck. One of the great composers of all time. Dutch like me too. Oh one of my essays back in the days was that he actually wasn’t Dutch since the Netherlands as we know it did not exist when he lived. It was just a rebel state in north west Europe and Sweelincks family came from the Rheinland (now Germany) which wasn’t a nation as such either.
It is one of the many dragonflies I have photographed. I have little knowledge of dragonflies. I just enjoy photographing them and other insects and tend to use a picture of them as my avatar in many places.
Me and Mrs BobF wearing gas masks standing by the helicopter when we visited White Island during a trip to New Zealand January 2019. In December 2019 the volcano erupted with tragic consequences. Only then did we realise how dangerous it was to visit. We had stood right next to the crater watching in awe at the bubbling and steaming and very toxic acid pool. At the time it was just a thrilling experience.