Sunday, June 10, 2012

Portraits


ME AND MY HOME

I haven't published too many portraits of myself here in this blog but sometimes I wonder who the person is behind the blog I regularly read and so often I'm left only with the mystery and a smoldering (if not burning) curiosity. Blogging is a way to extend oneself to others, at best with a spirit of intimate generosity, and so here I am revealed minutes before leaving for a luncheon party at a friend's villa near Lucca in early May.

A portrait of our twin cypress trees which I took just a few days ago. When visitors come by I always tell them that these are some of the oldest Cupressus sempervirens they'll ever see, older than the oldest ones in the Boboli Gardens in Florence.

A portrait of a house, our house, just a few days ago.

A portrait of a garden. The "Old Garden" at Villa Massei.
 
A portrait of a guest house.
 
A portrait of the author, upon the publication of my first book, Extraordinary People, in 1990.

26 comments:

Rosemary said...

It is lovely to see you and your absolutely wonderful Italian Villa.
However, airing on the side of caution, I think that it is important to remember that not only are we sharing and connecting with our wonderful blogging friends and acquaintances, but also the silent unseen viewers from around the world.

Laurent said...

I like the chipper air in the first frame, of the expectation of a good time, and of - as in blogging, as you say - doing one's part to produce it. A most happy insight.

Daniel James Shigo said...

Handsome is as handsome does.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Paul:
Such understated elegance, such refinement, such sophistication - no less than we should expect from you, nor that you should be en route for a luncheon party in, doubtless, some other wonderful Renaissance villa, matched only by your own, surrounded by equally lovely gardens and grounds. And none of this is in any way intended to be flattery, for we know the truth of it all.

And, as we say in the blogosphere, 'Enjoy' and 'Thanks for sharing!'.

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columnist said...

For myself I prefer to be cautious, and indeed anonymous, but as a well-known author I'm sure you weigh up the pros and cons.

Your photographs are charming, and I am glad to see them.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Lovely images, one and all. The cypress trees seem to hug each other, dear old friends leaning into each other.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Really, it's all for the silent and unseen, we wish them more than well!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Thank you for your part in the process, Laurent!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Too kind ...

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Bless you.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Bless you.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

It's true about the tree, if I were Japanese I'd chain them together!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Trees.

Mary Maki Rae said...

As always so Classic - Elegant -
and unassumingly Impressive-!

Theresa Cheek said...

What an indulgence this post is! The manicured grounds, gravel drive and those cypress trees! My favorite is the large vessel (urn?) in the old garden. Is that a millstone under it? I love the yellow ochre around the windows. Thank you for sharing.

Concrete Jungle said...

Ah...that villa...that garden....what can I say....simply beautiful....you also are looking very smart...hope the luncheon was fabulous too!

Desert Dweller said...

Classic / fashion in dress, architecture, or outdoor spaces...always welcome! Sure you had a good time, as I take a work break not looking so fashionable...but maybe I am, for the months of summer in the desert SW?

Reggie Darling said...

Lovely. The Villa Massei is so beautiful. I ran into Stuart P. the other day at a party, who said you and Gil visited his shop in Palm Beach, and the subject of mutual acquaintances came up. Tra la la la! He was highly complimentary of you. Reggie

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Good eye, that is a mill stone under the pot! It's French, and 18th century import to Italy because the Italian stone was never hard enough for the mills.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

The lunch was very pleasant, thanks for your good wishes, Concrete.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Fashion is all about where you are, I'll think of you in that dry air done up comme il faut.

Madelief said...

Hello Paul,

I enjoyed seeing 'the face' behind the blog. You look rather stylish and very Italian on the photo's!

Your house and gardens look beautiful.

Have a good evening!

Madelief

Alba said...

Elégance where you are.
Marvellous, you live in a "real place".
Have a nice day.

TJ said...

Stunning garden! I feel like I am there, and wishing I was.

Square With Flair said...

When I want a quick escape to Europe (that is, Europe in the best light), I visit your blog. Your garden is so enchanting, so classic, simple, and architectural. Because there is so much in the world of design and aesthetics that is gimmicky, overdone, and tasteless, that I really appreciate these images. Great beauty is very restful and calming.

And your classic taste is reflected in your dress sense too; a navy blazer (or v-neck sweater) has to be one of the most becoming things a gentleman can wear.