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December 2020

Before we run out of this December, here is my last year’s in twenty images for my Calendar 2020. At the very end of the year I shall post the final calendar with one photo for each month.

I’ve been doing this for five years now. Every month I go through all my photos from the same month one year ago, see what there was to see, and pick the creamiest of the crops. Usually I end up with something between 50 and 100 post-worthy photos, post 20 immediately and save the rest for future posts.

This month I ended up with 21 photos. Everything that deserves to be posted fits in one post, this one. Let’s just say that last December was not the most eventful month of my life. We didn’t even go to Rome for Christmas to spend it with amore’s father and family like every year since 2013 when I moved to Tuscany. But you know all about that.

This year it’s much better. Amore is on holidays until next year. We are going to Rome at least for the Christmas Eve. Four other noteworthy happenings:

  • The bird from my “I choose” post is still around. I saw it three more times. Crystal sent me a link to the site (by chance owned by my friend Donna Stiles) with lots of birds to choose from. I choose Montagu’s Harrier. It’s got the right look to it.
  • Whatever you do, do NOT watch “Don’t Look Up”. It will leave you feeling mad, bad and sad.
  • However, do watch “The Beatles: Get Back”, all eight glorious hours of it. I felt like being in a room with them. The times were so different, so casual, so polite. I wasn’t even born yet. They were certainly hiding Billy Preston well from me all these years. No wonder it sounds as groovy.
  • Another project that was long in the making, for 40 years, is the Kurt Vonnegut documentary “Unstuck in Time”. The filmmaker Robert Weide got to become his friend and the film was put on the back track. And then Kurt died and Robert grieved, and now it’s finally here, messy and all, just like a life really is.

Whereas this was my December last year. So much nothing that food gets 5 shots, donkey gets two and bestia gets two as well. But first, a package from Slovenia that made me feel like a soldier: overjoyed and grateful. And another one is coming over right about now.

Previous months of my Calendar 2020:

December in previous years:

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

26 thoughts on “December 2020

  1. I adore Bestia (before and after), along with her philosophy! I also appreciate your tips about what to watch (or not). The Vonnegut had escaped me; I’ll check it out.

    And, like you, I love “Get Back.” I am old enough to remember Billy Preston’s own hits in the early 1970s but only recently learned that he was the “fifth Beatle.” His joy in playing with them radiates over the years.

    Thanks for sharing your December with us!

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    1. Thank you, Carol Ann! 🙂 I giggled when I saw you refer to Bestia as she. 😉 He is rather fully on display… Bestia is just Italian for beast. His real name is Fonzie. I remember Billy Preston too but I was never aware he was on Get Back and was playing along on the roof!


  2. I can’t wait to watch “Don’t Look Up” but it’s not on TV here until Christmas Eve. Thank you for the forewarning, though. Limoncello cake and you didn’t save any for me?! 😉 Not to worry, Bestia. Everything will be alright.

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  3. Oh the prickly pear is so pretty in your shot and I’m sad they were bulldozed. I enjoyed seeing your amore in the limoncello cake photo. All the birds on the roof reminded me of the crazy conspiracy group I just learned about, called Birds Aren’t Real. Apparently it’s a protest conspiracy, with members made up of people taking control of the world we live in. I’m delighted with their work.

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    1. Thank you, Crystal. Haha, that group sounds like a good counter-conspiracy. I was thinking that they bulldozed them to prepare a field and grow something but no… In this moment amore looks the same as in that photo. Just no cake getting ready yet.

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