Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?

Unaccustomed as I am to physical toil, I can now say with some authority that if you are going to mix cement, mix it close to an idyllic sea shore where the aches and pains of the working day can be soothed by the warmth of sun and sea. Over the last two days, whilst helping a friend build a house, I have become overly familiar with a cement mixer, and I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of each other (both the friend and the cement mixer) over the weeks to come. There is a certain irony in the fact that sand, in one place, becomes a heavy, intransigent material that drains the legs of energy, the arms of strength and the mind of will power yet, but a short walk away, that same material metamorphoses into a warm carpet leading to the softly breaking waves, whose deep boom had been has been a constant temptation throughout the working day. Plunging through a breaking wave of warm sea has  a deeply  restorative and cleansing power made more intense when that sea is fringed by miles of seemingly unpopulated sand dunes and pine forests. This is the end of the summer season on the Atlantic coast of the Vendée. The flag on the point, in the main picture, flies above the small wooden house that Georges Clemenceau turned into his summer retreat where he concentrated his mind on ceaseless philandering when not discussing art with his close friend, Monet, which is clear evidence that, even though he may be judged as flawed politician,  he was a hedonist of towering proportions which description ( with a current version of Monet) would be apposite for many of the duly elected representatives of the world’s people before and since that time. Tout ca change, tout c’est la même chose


About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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15 Responses to Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?

  1. ChgoJohn says:

    When I return home for a visit, I love that, late at night while in bed, I can hear waves breaking on the shore. It has such a calming effect and I quickly drift off to sleep. I foresee many such nights in your future, once you get the house built. Yes, there is that.

  2. ceciliag says:

    I grew up in a house right beside the sea, how very wonderful to build yourself one. But yes i guess that means you and the concrete mixer will be companions for sometime.. c

  3. Jajajaja, well it is clear: is a friend’s house, not yours I got it 🙂 But is not a bad place to be an ouvrier, n’est-ce pas?
    Don’t get the title of the post though, are you referring to Our American Cousin?

  4. Oh my gosh, I’m still laughing at the title of your post.

  5. Beautiful end-of-season sea shots. It looks like a great place to work with sand!

  6. ....RaeDi says:

    One of my dear pleasures that can take care of just about anything is the beach and the meter of the waves as times goes by. They lull me into tranquility! The beach gives me energy and a peace found no place else. I love hearing the fog horns in the night too, for your work maybe your future will see a nice meal and comfortable bed once in a great while that can lull you to sleep (after a good days work!) and the beach for peace or breaks! ….RaeDi

  7. Well, if you´re going to indulge in a bit of backbreaking work, seems like you are in the perfect spot to do it! Do hope your friends project goes well and that s/he rewards the “gofer” with many happy times in the new home.

  8. Karen says:

    I had to laugh out loud…but your clarification seems to have worked and we should all know that you are being the best of sports in helping your friend build his house. I know that mixing cement is hard labor but just think of all the muscles you are developing. That will help in carrying heavy photography equipment…at least I hope so.

  9. Views like that would definitely make physical labor a bit less…laborious. Great post!

  10. This has to be one of the best blog titles ever!

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