Monthly Archives: May 2012

Central eating in the summer…

Sometimes I feel that life is just too short to write a blog. The effect of puffy white clouds, which pose seemingly stationary, on a clear blue infinity, house shutters closed against the afternoon sun and the indolence created by … Continue reading

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Woke up, got out of bed…..

This morning, deliciously drugged from a deep dream filled sleep, I remained lying on the bed in the near narcoleptic state that is the magical moment that I am so loathe to let go before consciousness reintroduces me to today’s … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, fireplace, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Google, Lemon tart, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Still life, summer, swimming pool, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | 35 Comments

“…a beakerful of the warm south”,,,or chicken pie

“I believe for every drop of rain that falls….” crooned Frank. The proliferation of wild flowers in the hedgerows, as well as in jugs and vases throughout the house, bears witness to the accuracy of Ole Blue Eyes’ musical weather … Continue reading

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Dean Martin isn’t drinking any more…

The fact that he is no longer amongst the quick somehow deadens the segue “…..but he isn’t drinking any less.” I have been drinking less of late and I’ve noticed that life without a drip feed of Cotes de Rhone … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Brownies, Chocolate, Cooking, Cotes de Rhone, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Toast, Writing | 26 Comments

The Great Flood

I’m reaching the point where commenting on blogs that I enjoy following is getting very annoying. Forget to “untick” the tiny box under the comments box and your email will be flooded with the world and his sister’s ” follow … Continue reading

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The summertime blues…

With the arrival of several consecutive days of sun, and the possibility of more to follow, comes a new way of being. The fire is still lit in the evening but more as a comfort than a necessity. We have … Continue reading

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Pike fishing in the Vendee..

I went looking for a château this afternoon and found one very easily. In the newly Socialist  led Republique Francaise it is not difficult to find châteaux with noble French families still ensconced within. France may well be “gauchiste” but … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Digital photography, Eau de vie, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, grapes, Landscapes, Noa grape, Othello grape, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, pike, Pineau de Charente, Quenelles de brochet, Vendee, Vineyard, Wine, Writing | 30 Comments

En ymmärrä! or have you played Scrabble in Finnish?

I’m no stranger to the Finnish Scrabble board so I should be better at it by now. It’s a game that I don’t intentionally join because its complexity is such that the Glass Bead Game would be as simple as … Continue reading

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On mange bien tous les jours..

This is a busy week here with clients. The sun has shone, we’ve done pictures and most of all, we’ve eaten well. Last night we had a simple entree of Pork Rillettes with cornichons, followed by an Elizabeth David recipe … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, Fish, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Mary Cadogan, photography course, Photography holiday, Salmon, spinach, Tarte a l'Orange, Wine, Writing | Tagged , | 32 Comments

A table for one, please,,,,,,

Summer light happened this morning which was a nice change. Grey light looks wonderful in pictures but, as in holding up to the clear sunlight what one remembered as a white tee shirt, the soul can be insidiously dulled by … Continue reading

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