Category Archives: Weather

Eating outdoors at last….

Dreams have the unfortunate habit of remaining unfulfilled so it is always a delight to have one come true. As the years have passed I have learnt to keep my dreams simple so, on this cusp of summer time, the … Continue reading

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Not a winter wooly….

Today is the day when winter, dragging it’s damp and weary feet, limps off the stage for another year. As with trains, the beginning and ending of seasons are subject to a clear timetable, yet they arrive when least expected … 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

Posted in 2013, Autumn, Childhood memories, Christmas, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, fashion, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Humour, hypocrisy, Illusion, Kitchens, Landscapes, Olive oil, Photography, Religion, sea salt, The Forest of Mervent, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 69 Comments

All Black on Toast…

A cold morning found me doing vigorous exercise in the kitchen. I was cutting thick slices off a dense pain de campagne whose bottom crust was putting up a good fight against my bread knife. As the first slice fell … Continue reading

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It could so easily have become a crock…..

“Nuts” I said to myself “my chances of photographing that rainbow are fat and none”. As I ran upstairs to grab the camera I caught sight of the carrier bag full of walnuts which two of our grandchildren had collected … Continue reading

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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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Hump day…and no wonder

° This morning, as I opened the back door to let our guests go outside for a shit, I was confused. We were recently gifted a thermometer that not only displays the temperature outside and inside the house, but also … 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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The weatherman said rain today…

In fact it didn’t rain at all, which was disappointing as it meant that I had to make a pale imitation of nature’s work. I had planned to do a speculative shot of flowers through a rain drop covered window … Continue reading

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Parmesan, bread and oil…

As the year moves relentlessly forward, signs of the ineluctable change of season make themselves known. The leaves begin to fall, and I begin to chop and saw wood. It would be untrue to say that I look forward to … Continue reading

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