Category Archives: summer

Cooking with Mozart….

Although this sunny, summery, Sunday morning finds me sipping a Kir in the garden, the soft breeze fanning the tall grasses whispers the unequivocal message that change is just around the corner. I had felt this change from waking, some … Continue reading

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On the beach…

Not hearing, not seeing and not speaking any evil depends on an individual’s concept of evil. Within the family of man, barefaced lies, equivocation or deep sincerity all function equally when adopting this maxim. Yesterday, a friend sent me a … Continue reading

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There is a season……

A reputation in tatters is what you see before you. Years of studiously practising to be a grumpy Grandad has gone by the board. Be warned, this is what happens when you’re surrounded by the amazing children of your own … Continue reading

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Looking back over my shoulder..

I’ve become conditioned to conjure words in the quiet of the early morning, confined within the four walls of my office where, with a cup of coffee in my hand, an idea is sparked by a thought, a picture, a … Continue reading

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Something in the air…

Standing in the garden, early this beautiful morning, there’s no question but that there’s change in the air. We’re enjoying an August the like of which I can’t remember for a good ten years. This is true, sulky, summer holiday … Continue reading

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The danger of riding a cock horse….

There was one short, but sparkling, period in my life when I bedecked myself with jewellery and decorative accessories. Hippiedom may have been to blame save for the fact that I was never sufficiently quiet or contemplative to have been … Continue reading

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Break Step….

“Break Step” when crossing the Trembling Lady is as abstract as it gets, but the sign on the Albert Bridge is unequivocal in its demand that step should be broken when crossing it in column of threes. So avoid doing … Continue reading

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On the trail of the toothsome pine…

The muffled drumbeat of rain on the awning has not been heard for some time, but there it was,  like an unexpected knock on the door that momentarily causes the smile to drain from the face. Being English we have … Continue reading

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Still photography, still lives, still summer…

Say what you will, the countryside is still. So still that sometimes I feel for its pulse. It’s August and it’s quiet….that is if you’re not beside the seaside where la toute France has gone on holiday. It feels like … Continue reading

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Not standing the heat, I have got out of the kitchen…

Bananas for breakfast in the sun…after coffee and cherries. “Summer Cooking” by Elizabeth David is amongst my favourite books, but on a day like today the title is not. I associate the word cooking with heat, so when the temperature … Continue reading

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