Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Scarecrow

“All the same,” said the Scarecrow, “I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.” “I shall take the heart,” returned the Tin Woodman; “for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”
(Frank L. Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Scarecrow, urban vegetable gardens, via Goito, Livorno
At the “Orti Urbani” you can find what probably is the only scarecrow in town.

See also: Orti Urbani - Two Plants and a Dragonfly - Tobacco Plant

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SCL Margrit

General cargo ship SCL Margrit, IMO 9381419, port of Livorno
The 108-meter general cargo ship “SCL Margrit” with her three holds open.

External links: Port of Livorno (Pinterest)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waiting for the Bridge

Preparatory works for the new footbridge, Fortezza Vecchia, Livorno
The new footbridge between Piazza dei Grani and the Fortezza Vecchia will be installed in the course of this week. Some preparatory works were already done last Friday, to protect the flagstones from the weight of the heavy crane.
Preparatory works for the new footbridge, Fortezza Vecchia, Livorno
The crane was already in place yesterday: it will be probably used to lift the preassembled floating bridge and deploy it on the water of the canal below. In foreground, on the right, the “buca del grano”.

See also: Buca del Grano - Fortezza Vecchia - Piazza dei Grani - Scalo Regio - Porta del Duca
Search labels: Fortezza Vecchia

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Flowers of Harborea

Harborea, Villa Mimbelli, Livorno
Livorno is a florally deprived city: walking her streets it is easier to see dog turds than flowers, and planters seem to be the only places that attract trash more than the pavements. Thus, at “Harborea”, also a rose gets our attention.
Purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Harborea, Villa Mimbelli, Livorno
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

See also: Harborea
External links: Echinacea purpurea (Wikipedia)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Two Melorias

Islets of Meloria, Livorno
The islets of the Meloria seen from our flight in route to Pisa. Not a great picture, but it shows the 18th century tower on the right and the relatively more recent lighthouse on the left.
Islets of Meloria, Livorno
On summer weekends many boats gather around the islets, which are easily visible from the coast. Here is a view from the Terrazza Mascagni, with in foreground a group of passing paddlers.

External link: Meloria (Wikipedia)
See also: Terrazza Mascagni - Meloria

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tobacco Plant

Tobacco plant, Urban vegetable gardens, via Goito, Livorno
I'm a total disaster when it comes to plant names, but during my visit at the Orti Urbani I was able to recognize this gorgeous tobacco plant, not very common around here.

See also: Orti Urbani - Two Plants and a Dragonfly

Friday, October 17, 2014

Burger King

Opening of Burger King, local paper billboard, Livorno
In a desperate job market, thirty hirings in a fast food chain are front-page news on our local paper. (Burger King arrives, 30 hirings, the professional figures needed and how to apply)