Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of a private courtyard, through a fence. This is just such an example. I wonder how old that beautifully carved vera da pozzo (well head) is?


And, how and why are they in possession of this depiction of  George and the dragon?


For Gerard, a clothesline in use the other day.




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48 responses to “Tantalising

  1. When I was training, I loved running after dark so I could peep inside people’s houses. I mean, entirely innocently of course. You know, like, “why do they need 500 downlights in that room?” kind of thing.
    A tantalising glimpse indeed, especially the laundry. You can tell a lot about a person from they way they hang the washing.

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  2. Look at all those socks. I love how they are hung in order of size. The person who hung them out must be really organised.

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  3. Beautiful little Pozzo- get5ting more envious with each post.


  4. George & the Dragon. Or Red Rum winning the National. Nice laundry 😃

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  5. Ha! I love taking pics of people’s privates 😉

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  6. There are (I believe) 23 socks – not to mention all the socks between the pink pants on the left and the last left-hand sock (all of which have possibly been stolen by the sock-eating Dragon that Saint George has been trying to push into oblivion).

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  7. What a lovely vera da pozzo! I love wandering down the calles of Venice and suddenly a gate or a door that has been closed is open to reveal the wonders within.

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  8. One of the particular delights of Venice are the alleys framed by socks and shirts. It reassures me that there are still real people living there.

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  9. I didn’t bother to count the socks on the clothesline to see if there are an odd or even number….but after all, the phenomenon of the disappearing sock is really an automatic dryer thing isn’t it….

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  10. I love the laundry image and Bun’s comment. I don’t recall seeing those trampolines. Go figure.

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  11. Love peeking into courtyards hidden behind the big iron gates we have in Oaxaca. And, you’ve inspired me to collect and post the laundry on rooftop clotheslines photos I’ve taken. I really enjoy seeing Italy through your eyes. One of these days, I will return. 😉 ¡Feliz año nuevo!

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  12. JoanneH

    The sky the blue blue sky! dark, raining and cold here keep those photos coming the only bright spot of the day

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  13. Bert

    That vdp looks very similar to the rare veneto-byzantine vera da pozzo of the 10th century in the courtyard of Palazzo Corner-Gheltoff at San Marco 3378. Another source says it’s first half of the 12th century. Typical Venice: always at least two versions of every fact. St George and the Dragon has to be the third-most common piece of external art in Venice (after the Madonna and Child, and the winged lion of St Mark).

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  14. Wow ! You had a big washday this week Yvonne 😉 ❤

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  15. If we had clotheslines in Australia like that it would get the neighbours together much more. I just love looking over fences,Yvonne. I am so curious about what goes on there.

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  16. Oh, those are the clothes lines that the people use with trampolines, aren’t they? (Or do they just boringly pull the line from one end?)

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