As I opened the window to water the pots of herbs, grey clouds were gathering fast.

 

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The low sun, breaking through the clouds, highlighted the iron scrolls of the guard rail and cast sharp shadows on the terracotta floor tiles.  Sunlight filtering through a white curtain prompted memories of warm summer afternoons, far from the chilly reality of this March morning.

 

 

As cloud covered the sky, chimney stacks on a distant building stood out clearly against the darkening grey.  Someone has recently painted the lower half of each chimney a brilliant white. Who and why?  There must be a story there.

 

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Looking left brings a chimney ladder centre stage.  The ideal setting for a rooftop drama with the hero (or villain) clinging precariously to the narrow, metal rungs in a gathering storm, before dropping to the parapet below and disappearing behind the slope of an adjoining roof.

 

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Looking right offers a glimpse into a hidden courtyard, sheltering many different lives.  These buildings aren’t giving many clues away.

 

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Looking up, muted tones of stucco, zinc and terracotta make an abstract composition against marbled grey cloud.

 

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Six views from the same window, each telling a different story.  Take your pick.

 

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