Monthly Archives: November 2012

The unbearable lightness of sponge….

The winsome Nigella, if winsome is the word, has never been high on my list of favourite cookery writers. Perfectly formed and polished to a high shine she glides like an iceberg,  only the top third of her ever visible, … Continue reading

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The pain of separation….

I was thinking of meringues and then it started raining and the car wouldn’t start. That was one the sequences of events that will eventually make up today. A perfectly blue sky filled with puffy white clouds, reminiscent of a … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, Autumn, Bad luck, baking, Digital photography, Eggs, Emotion, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Good luck, Humour, Luck, meringues, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | Tagged , , , | 43 Comments

Gone fishing….. an update with more pictures

Les Cabanes de Pécheur de Faymoreau       “Where is everyone?”is the question most often asked by visitors to France as they pass through villages of empty streets and shuttered windows. I am at home in the peaceful stillness of … Continue reading

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Camera obscura….

On reflection, I have spent a lot of my life in camera obscura. A computer screen is my main illumination on this grey and rainy Sunday morning. This is where I work on my pictures and where I write. Darkened … Continue reading

Posted in 70's, Art photography, Autumn, Camera Obscura, Digital photography, Drinks, Excellence, Excess, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, lifestyle, Markets, Memory, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, The Royal Opera House, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 27 Comments

I can hardly contain myself…

This morning, before I had begun the normal business of my day, I had gathered together a handful of empty, disposable containers. Shaving cream aerosol, milk container, egg box, kitchen roll, firelighter box and deodorant were part of the early … Continue reading

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I almost forgot to remember…

Remembrance Day passed without a hitch unlike the wars that it remembers. Seemingly endless columns of damaged people proudly walked, marched and wheeled in military procession turning their eyes, many sightless, to return the salute offered by the designated dignitary. The places … Continue reading

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Soft prawn….

I was engaged in the dexterous removal of clothing from some beautiful prawns which action brought to my mind the name of Dan Greenberg, the author of “How to be a Jewish Mother”, but also the author of a small … Continue reading

Posted in 70's, Art photography, Bad Habits, Cooking, Digital photography, Fish stock, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Memory, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, prawns, seafood, Sex, Tintoretto, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , | 27 Comments

Of cabbages and coings….

The quinces had been sitting around for too long. They were a gift, and although not equine, I felt that I should not be looking at them in the mouth. Is it only mad people who write proverbs? Many a … Continue reading

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If you go down to the woods today….

 Reminiscence is so full of flavour and detail whereas  prophecy is already tainted with disappointment. “If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure  of a big surprise” clearly vindicates the quotation “It’s better to travel hopefully than to … Continue reading

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Time for a glass of red….

Sipping my morning coffee in the sun kick starts my mental processes, gets the juices flowing, and pretty soon I’m thinking about food. I can’t imagine,  at least I try not to imagine, life without bread, cheese and wine. Each … Continue reading

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