Bright memories – 2

I don’t want to square this, though I could pretend it’s pink. I’m wandering back in time to Torbole, in the north of Lake Garda, and just around the shoreline from my previous image. It looks flat calm. and tailor-made for an icecream, sitting on one of those benches with a view. I’m sure we did! It was one way to keep a small boy still for a while, as we gazed at the splendour of mountain scenery. But in the afternoons a fierce wind would blow, stirring that calm to a frenzy, and the windsurfers would take to the water in droves. Remembering it still hurts my eyes, with the glare of the sun on the waves.

There will be more. It’s one from a box of photos I scanned before leaving the UK, more than 2 years ago now.

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    1. I made it sharper and brighter with the processing on my laptop, Pam. Nothing technical, just improving the quality of the image. It’s a very beautiful place πŸ€—πŸ’•

  1. Fabulous photo Jo – keep them coming, I can never get enough of Lake Garda πŸ™‚ We used to hire cycles from a place in Torbole, ride back to Malcesine, go up Monte Baldo in the cable car then ride back to Torbole down and round the far side of the mountain – it took nearly all day and there were some steep inclines but it was a great day out. My profile photo was taken on top of Monte Baldo just before we started the main ride πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, darlin πŸ€—πŸ’• My photos of Monte Baldo both feature James as a youngster and are precious to me. I never know whether to include the truly personal but I do have one looking down on Malcesine. πŸ’•

      1. If you hadn’t mentioned that this was quite some time ago I would have thought it was fairly recent as it looks just the same now πŸ™‚

  2. This was lovely, Jo, and nearly brought a tear to my eyes as Lake Garda was the holiday my sister and I had booked for last year when the lockdown caused it to be cancelled. Put on hold we thought, maybe until the autumn. Now it’s a year later, we still haven’t seen each other and it looks like it will be another year away as she lives in Sweden. When this is all over I think it will first be me out there to visit her, my nephews and their children and then them all back to mine – one family at a time though. How lovely it will be to fill the house with noise again and this time I won’t be shouting “Turn that noise down”! Thanks for reminding me of what I once enjoyed – I spent a couple of holidays there with my husband – and what I nearly had again. And your photograph is really lovely and I can see that array of ice-creams in the window!

    1. I thought I remembered the ice cream parlour too πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦πŸ’• So sorry to trigger unhappiness, Mari. I suspect it will be the other way round for me and that my son will come here before I’m able to visit him but that will also be a lost year. He was very small when we took him to the Lakes but he was smitten with the hydrofoils.

    1. I think that most of our photos from that time look chocolate box, Marion. It was something of an idyll πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ll come walking with you in Ilkley later.

  3. Hard to believe this tranquil water will soon be full of windsurfers! The back drop of the mountain is stunning … you’re tempting me to this area! Well done for scanning the photos in, my husband is doing the same and seems to have the patience for the task! I’ve tried and lose patience quickly!

    1. I don’t think I got beyond 20, Annika, so you will all be spared too much rambling, but it is a very lovely part of the world and rather special to me. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      1. Jo, I’m loving the photos … it looks magical and idyllic! It is special to revisit the memories of precious times – and please keep sharing! xx

    1. Hugely! And then I couldn’t bear to part with the photos so they came too. Boxes of them! Many unscanned and never will be, but the memories… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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