Category Archives: Landscapes

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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French impressionist..

Shuffling through recently remembered moments of pleasure is as delightful and difficult as choosing but one piece of patisserie from a dazzling array in the window of Pierre Hermé. Each time the eye settles the mind is already drawing that … Continue reading

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From tiny acorns grow bloody great truffles…

This is Gollum, a truffling pig of some repute. I spent some time with Gollum and his master whilst shooting a feature for “D” Magazine (The best of Dallas and Fort Worth is the strap-line) in Perigord. On that particular … 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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Bewitched…..

A beautiful November morning which magically transformed itself into dark, rain filled afternoon reminded me of Kingsley Amis’ dazzling description of a hangover, which I reread today in a blog that has become a favourite of mine, namely The Bully … Continue reading

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Fish and ships..

As the title of this post is totally disparate, but seemed a good idea at the time, I have included a picture of a ship….or boat, to be precise. It may only serve to show Christian Harkness, a fellow blogger … Continue reading

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Beau laid……

Sitting by my computer I can see and hear the rain lashing against my window, making me remember the sun and blue skies of yesterday afternoon when the sun light seemed to saturate the colour of everything that it touched. … Continue reading

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The end is nigh…

Over the past few months, whilst trawling through my files of digital pictures, I have became aware of a loss: I have become aware that new landscapes are noticeable by their absence. Nature’s moments can only be  interpreted by those … Continue reading

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Coco’s Autumn colours…..

The rays of warm, late afternoon sunlight, that were diffused through the kitchen window rideaux, made the spoonful of apricot jam sparkle. Smearing jam and cream onto egg yellow sponge was the final act of this afternoon’s baking. The colours … Continue reading

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