Mary Poppins has nothing to worry about


Another rainy day in Genoa and this time the fountain is an icky brown colour. Apparently, someone in the city council thinks it’s a great idea to change the water colour occasionally to represent whatever political statement of the day is on the agenda. In this case, the water was orange or at least it was until it turned icky brown. It was supposed to represent the intolerance of racism although I doubt it had much effect.

I’m wondering if we could have a city council meeting to stop these stupid ideas. I mean seriously. Aside from making the fountain the flag’s colours, which was actually kind of cool, who in their right mind thought orange would be a great colour for fountain water? Don’t even get me started on the pee colour (yes, I mean pee as in urine and not pea as in the vegetable) which was supposed to represent support of those yo-yo Italian sailors who opened fire on unarmed fishermen in India! Sheesh!

Piazza dei FerrariBut, aside from all the nonsense, the fountain is still my favourite site in Genoa.

On the other hand, my attempts at impersonating Mary Poppins needs some work. My very expensive “Gustbuster” umbrella finally decided to shame me so I gave it a proper burial in the nearest trash bin. But not before giving my friend a good laugh. It had torn on several ends and well did look pretty pathetic.

On any rainy day, you will see every trash bin in the city loaded up with discarded umbrellas. And, my personal favourite is on a windy, rainy day because you can see umbrellas everywhere! On the streets, these mangled, twisted pieces of metal and fabric that look like they went into combat with their owners before being whisked away by the Genoa wind.

So, after parting with 28 Euros, I have a new, fancy umbrella that opens and closes at the push of a button! Let’s hope it doesn’t decide to spontaneously spring open while I’m on the bus like my last fancy umbrella did (I’m a walking disaster. After half a bottle of wine at lunch, I also managed to knock everything I touched onto the floor at the Rinacentre too). Oh, and by the way, I actually own about five umbrellas and on average I buy one a year and lose or break two a year. If you are in the umbrella business you may want to set up camp here 🙂

I might be able to carry a tune like Mary Poppins, but she has trumped me on her umbrella technique.

A presto!

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About lmarmstrong66

I'm a blogger, painter, writer, singer. For the love of all things in nature and creativity.
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2 Responses to Mary Poppins has nothing to worry about

  1. Lin Hunnicutt says:

    Oh Leah you are nuts. Lin and lhsh@sc.rr.com Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

  2. Lauren Leigh says:

    I just lost an umbrella and was feeling so bad about it. It was a replacement for one the wind destroyed. I am always having to be careful not to stab someone accidentally with the darn thing. So your post made me realize I am not the only one with “umbrella disasters.”

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