Bolgheri is a tiny town, more of a hamlet really, based as it is along one main street which latterly converges into two, a sunny square and a row of delightful little houses and restaurants precipitating the divide. For the majority, the closest they will come to knowing Bolgheri will be to read its name upon one of the plethora of nectarean bottles of wine produced by the region every year. Yet for the lucky few, who are led, magnetised, down the perfectly straight cypress-lined Roman road to the tiny little village, finding Bolgheri will feel like stumbling upon a hidden jewel.
While Bolgheri has a castle, it is as proportionately small as the village. It is not a place for museums, nor a city for those wishing to stroll endlessly from one new corner to another. No, the real attraction of Bolgheri is its atmosphere. It is enchanting. While a visit at any time of the day will be enthralling enough, there is a poetic grace about Bolgheri in the late afternoon, as the sun starts to set over the vineyards and rolling hills to the West, and every cafe and shop and house seems to fling open its shutters greedily urging the peach coloured light to spill into its small little terracotta buildings.
Bolgheri in the afternoon is a place in which to sit and close your eyes, feeling the sunlight spill across your face. It is a village where sipping upon an aperol spritz takes on new majesty, and where an ice cream glimmers with a precious golden aura. It is a time which is all about relaxing, chatting, strolling, thinking, and if I wanted to do anything when I set out to take these photos, it was to capture this time of utopia. So apologies in advance to the fellow visitors who ended up in the photos on this post, but without the look of sheer pleasure and relaxation written all over their faces, I don’t think I could ever have properly expressed the blissful experience of an afternoon in Bolgheri.
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Halloween is over, the evenings are quickly darkening, and there are only 7 weeks until Christmas – so the time has surely come to get your Christmas cards in order. Here on the Daily Norm, we like to help out with these little things, and in the spirit of spreading the Norms’ reach criss-crossing around the globe this festive season, the Norms have printed their very own Christmas cards in the hope that readers of the Daily Norm from around the world will also help to spread a little Norm festive cheer this year.
Hot off the press, these Christmas cards are prints of my 2011 paintings, Santa Norm and Snowman Norm. With whimsical, quirky, colourful and Christmasy artwork, these cards are both original and artistic ways of wishing your friends, family and associates a very Happy Christmas. With these cards, you will truly be sending a work of art this Christmas!
The Cards consist of a high quality, semi-gloss image printed onto sizeable A5 cardboard (148 x 210 cm/ 8.3 x 5.8 inches). Each cellophane wrapped pack of 10 cards comes with 5 cards of both the Snowman and Santa Norm design and 10 matching white envelopes. The inside of the cards reads: “WARMEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR”.
And most importantly of all, they are available on my Etsy shop right here!
Now I don’t mean to turn my blog into a sales room, but since Norm is the new Holly (not to mention the Ivy), these cards are pretty much a must for those in the know this year. Need I say more?
Seasons greetings from the Norms (it’s early I know, but Norms are very organised creatures).
Christmas has come early to the Daily Norm with the introduction of yet two more next generation Norm paintings! Getting into the Christmas spirit (and I usually get into the Christmas spirit in around October, once I’ve given up on the summer and started indulging in the decoration displays in the London department stores) I have painted two new Norms especially for Christmas… Santa Norm and Snowman Norm. And not only have I painted these new Norms for your viewing pleasure, but I have also turned them into Christmas cards available for purchase on Etsy!
So, visit my Etsy shop to make a purchase of what must be some of the most original Christmas cards on the market! I am selling the cards in packets of 10 cards, each containing the two designs – 5 Snowmen, 5 Santas, with 10 white envelopes to match. And the price of £4.99 is not much to ask for these semi-gloss super quality cards printed onto a sizeable A5 to thoroughly impress every recipient! Buy quickly though… December is fast approaching and stocks are limited… and I’ve already started selling since putting them online last night!
In the meantime I leave you with the Norms themselves. Merry Christmas from the Norms!!
Snowman Norm (2011, acrylic on canvas) © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown
Santa Norm (2011, acrylic on canvas) © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown