Category Archives: French countryside

I got the bleus..du ciel, de la mer..the summertime bleus.

It might surprise you to hear that I’ve been ranting quite a lot over the last day or two, although surprise may not be first among the emotions felt, by those of you who know me well, on hearing that unsurprising news. I’ve … Continue reading

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Bull’s eye…

“Beware of the Bull” could well serve as a health warning against excessive trust in Government. Here, in my apolitical, if occasionally apoplectic, life it means what its says: be careful of the big, dangerous fucker who has the power to gore, … Continue reading

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looking for somewhere nice to go for a drink?

Within a few paces of the garden gate lies a peaceful refuge in the true chauvinist spirit of France. In the baker’s dozen of years that I have passed in this hamlet I have yet to see a female in this “cave”. This … Continue reading

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Early days for early walks..

Early morning walks with my camera are back in my routine. That is to say that I have done it once this summer. Being as it is only the second day of summer this unique outing still rejoices in the title of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Chicken, Digital photography, Duck, Eggs, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Poultry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

DNR….

It has been a long time since I spent so much time in London. My mind’s pulse is at last returning to the slow, steady rhythm of our chosen home place. During the last week we have had two small … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Digital photography, Farming, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

Black hood…..trying to see no evil

The ironic combination of telephone and camera diametrically opposes the powerful principle of seeing, speaking and hearing no evil…indeed, it facilitates seeing, speaking and hearing evil. That all three of these transgressions can be done anonymously has not gone unnoticed by … Continue reading

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Wickedleeks….

I don’t know much about a science book, and I don’t know much about the French I took …but anything I’m not sure about, as long as it’s to do with vegetables or local French, can be resolved by our … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cheese, Christmas, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Garden, Gardening, Humour, Leek and cheese souffle, leeks, Photography, photography course, Recipes, souffle, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

One man’s meat …….

I took this picture some 10 years ago. It was a random moment; I was driving down a lane somewhere near our home….I can’t remember exactly where it was or I would be tempted to return there….when I saw these … Continue reading

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Brussels demand a green Xmas…..

September is long gone, but the leaves of brown show no sign of tumbling down this November although the lyricist would be happy to know that it’s raining. Wherever he was when he penned those lyrics, it wasn’t the Vendee. … Continue reading

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Beluga on dry toast saves me a fortune…

The fingerless gloves, so redolent of Dickensian misery, would be just the job today. They would be even more the job if they weren’t fingerless as it’s the tips of my fingers that turn to  bloodless corpse white when the … Continue reading

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