The birth of Rigoletto…

Chaume La Prieure_ 150005In just a few days 8.30 will be the new 7.30. The winter is dead, long live….that doesn’t work. Hurrah for the theoretical arrival of summer even if your power lines are under 10ft of snow or the rain is so intense that you could white water raft to the shops. As the celebrated druggist Samuel Taylor Coleridge so succinctly put it :”Summer has set in with its usual severity”. It’s not easy being a romantic poet when you’re an opium addict, so he had to leave it to his chum Wordsworth to do the “wandering lonely as a cloud” and the spotting of “a host of golden daffodils” on location, so to speak, whilst he remained at home getting down and dirty with an ancient mariner.  So that’s the romantic movement dealt with.

I, however, on this suitably sunny day, will be involved in a little romance of my own. Later this morning I shall be photographing a christening. The new arrival is to be called Rigoletto and he – all babies in France are masculine – is the new cuvée that has been produced at a wonderful Vendéen vignoble by the name of Prieuré La Chaume. It’s not an easy job. as I said to Samuel, being a food and wine photographer in the heart of the French countryside, but I shall soldier on. I’m looking forward to wetting the baby’s head.

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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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28 Responses to The birth of Rigoletto…

  1. I knew your ‘funny turn’ re thoughts about getting a proper job wouldn’t last long!

  2. Michelle says:

    Soldier on, indeed!

  3. The first past of your post didn’t sound like the Roger I know; you can be quite he scholar, can’t you? But the ending, and the excitement of the new wine was you again, in great, enthusiastic shape. So how was it?

  4. It sure is tough – but somebody has to do it Roger! 🙂

  5. I long for a view such as this outside my window.. we still have dirty patches of snow and nothing green as far as the eye can see. Enjoy wetting the baby’s head! Happy Spring!

  6. Mad Dog says:

    If lie gets too hard you can always come back to London 😉

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    Your work photographing the sacraments is laudatory, Roger. You’re a giver, that’s for sure.

  8. And now I am stuck with a title going round and round in my head, Roger: “Photographing Baby Rigoletto…”

  9. Karen says:

    It is a hard job but you know that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. 🙂

  10. I had no idea that Coleridge was an opium addict. You learn something new every day..

  11. Eha says:

    Huh? You could not have wetted Baby Rigoletto’s head properly . . . . you mean you returned from the celebrations and felicitations and did not make one spelling mistake on the blog . . . oh, you had a big camera which needed both hands . . . Happy Easter!!!!

  12. Tandy says:

    Have fun, and enjoy the start of summer 🙂

  13. I hope the photos stayed in focus 🙂

  14. This post made me swoon. What an awesome name for a cuvée. I may have to go pour some now.

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