Category Archives: Vendee

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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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

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baked sea bream, bream, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Fish, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Gennaro Contaldo, Italian food, Landscapes, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Photography, Recipes, seafood, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

Amazing place..

As I stood, bent against the wind this beautiful morning, on the shoreline of the Anse d’Aiguillon, this remarkable place put me in mind of the opening passage of “Great Expectations”, sadly without the appearance of an unlikely benefactor…”the dark … Continue reading

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An ideal butcher’s shop…..for a vegetarian

Spooky tales, horror stories and accounts of ghostly manifestations are all grist to my mill. The mill in question grinds them to a pulp of words which I reorganise into something that interests me. The spine chiller genre does nothing … Continue reading

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Up close and personal with a cultivated beauty….

There was no swelling music in the background, nor the flickering light of a city burning on the horizon, as I held up my first born tomatoes. I refrained from asking God to witness the event and though the words … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Digital photography, Emotion, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Illusion, Photography, tomatoes, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 61 Comments

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

Posted in 2013, Digital photography, Emotion, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, nectarines, Photography, summer, Sunday, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

Cross words and radishes….

The neutral grey of the sky only served to accentuate the multiplicity of greens and ochres that make up the “slap” on the face of the countryside at this time of year. Driving along shiny, rain slick, black lanes this … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, harmony, Health, Humour, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, radishes, Recipes, Religion, Sugar, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

Every picture does not tell this story..

There are occasions when only words will tell the story, not necessarily momentous occasions, although with the passing years I treat the moment of waking each day as increasingly momentous, but simple daily events that move me. Eating a very … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Apricot jam, apricots, burrata, cake, Cheese, Cream, creme fraiche, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Italian food, lifestyle, Mediterranean food, Mint, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, sea salt, summer, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

The Colour Violette…

On the way to La Rochelle there is an Oasis, set in a shady clearing by the roadside, that is only open for the summer months. L’Oasis is a shack, the open side of which is filled with trays overflowing … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, anchovies, apricots, Art photography, artichokes, aubergine, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, pasta, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Shopping, spaghetti olio aglio, summer, Vegetables, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

As I like it…

The warmth of the sun on my neck at this early hour together with the deep, dark shadows of my hand on the writing pad augurs well for hopes that my new blind date, July, is going to offer more … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Digital photography, Emotion, Expectation, France, French countryside, harmony, Illusion, Landscapes, Memory, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Photoshop, Reality, summer, Uncategorized, Vendee, Virtual, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments