Quelle surprise!

Travel theme: Unexpected – We first visited Mochignano Chiesa in 2007 when the sun shone in a clear blue sky for the entire two weeks. When we returned in 2009 we knew about the cowbells and the cows that fidgeted all night, the farmer’s dogs that barked at the sound of a moth and the bells in the adjacent bell tower that could wake the dead. What we were not expecting was sweltering heat followed by torrential downpours and thunderstorms, a weather sequence that lasted the entire fortnight.

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Mochignano Chiesa is a small hamlet in the Tuscan hills above the sleepy town of Bagnone where nothing, but nothing ever happens. Imagine our surprise, when, on our return home, Bagnone was suddenly in all the news – now that was unexpected!

I recognise Antonio Razzoli, the owner of the newspaper shop – I promise you Antonio, it was not us 🙂


  1. LaVagabonde · June 12, 2014

    Love the tint on these. Beautiful!

    • northumbrianlight · June 12, 2014

      It is OnOne’s B&W Ambrotype, although any connection with the Ambrotype process is entirely accidental 🙂

  2. SwittersB · June 12, 2014

    Lovely images…great eye!

  3. Cate Franklyn · June 12, 2014

    Lol, well for all of that you wound up with some great photos! My fav is the one with the cat.

    • northumbrianlight · June 13, 2014

      Thanks Cate – I like that one too although I am not a great cat person – much prefer big daft dogs.

  4. harrienijland · June 12, 2014

    Fine set, Robin!

  5. Great vintage-look images 🙂 We had a bit of freak weather last year in Kos, forcing us to buy warm clothing and use blankets on the bed!

    • northumbrianlight · June 14, 2014

      Many thanks Sarah – the trouble is you go somewhere once and imagine it always the same. We went to Lake Como some years back and had 11 days of unrelenting rain – we won’t go back 🙂

  6. bentehaarstad · June 17, 2014

    I like the nostalghia in these photos.

    • northumbrianlight · June 17, 2014

      Many thanks Bente – given the subject matter, I guess they could have been taken any time in the 1930s or 40s – in reality, 2009 🙂

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