Category Archives: summer

A warm hand on your opening….

The old ones are always the best and so it turned out to be with this elegant bottle of  1984 Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes that I could no longer resist opening. One Christmas, some fifteen years ago, my cousin, who is also partial … Continue reading

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Harry Covair…the third bean

I’ve had to quickly write another post owing to the lack of clarity of my previous one which was intended to be read as a universal cautionary tale of the pitfalls of everymans’ summer vacation rather than a declaration of my … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, beans, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Nigel Slater, Photography, photography course, sea salt, summer, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

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

Posted in 2014, anchovies, Art photography, Chicken, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Emotion, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, gigot, harmony, Humour, Ile d'Oleron, Mediterranean food, Memory, Photography, photography course, summer, Uncategorized, Vendee, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

the smell of the cooking, and the roar of the cook….

I’ve had a quiet day cooking on my own. The cooking was quiet but the peace was spoiled by someone talking to himself. Being alone in the house does not spare me from myself. My mistake lies in turning on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, cherries, Cherries in rose wine, Cherries in rose wine, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Mary Cadogan, Photography, photography course, Recipes, summer, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

les jolies fesses de l’été….

When coming out to play the sun takes care to put on its hat but Mother Nature is less coy. The sensual fruits of summer are short lived so their pleasures should be wolfishly enjoyed before their bloom is replaced by putrefaction. Apricot is delicious … Continue reading

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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

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Autumn, Cooking, Digital photography, Drinks, Edouard de Pomiane, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Kir, Photography, summer, Sunday, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 59 Comments

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

Posted in 2013, Childhood, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, family, France, Good luck, harmony, lifestyle, Photography, summer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

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

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Ile d'Oleron, Kitchens, Photography, summer, swimming pool, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

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

Posted in 2013, Digital photography, Dreams, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, family, Fish, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, harmony, Illusion, Memory, Photography, Photography holiday, Salmon, summer, Uncategorized, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments