Looking back over my shoulder..


A looking glass through which I often passed

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 noise or a smell. There is a comfortableness working within this limited palette that is akin to rummaging for a favourite, well used pair of old shoes the exact whereabouts of which have temporarily escaped my memory.


The kitchen where I loved to cook.

For the last ten days my senses have been confronted by an impossibly extended palette. The result has been stasis. Any creativity within me lay down, slept and dreamed. Mind and body holidayed. Whilst days became daze, my camera mechanically churned on; recording, noting, creating précis of moments from which I will glean memories to which I will add words to share with you.

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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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48 Responses to Looking back over my shoulder..

  1. I am with you on loving to cook in that kitchen. I wish….

  2. Incredible kitchen and a lovely post. I am looking forward to sitting with my own cup of coffee and reading what it is you will share.

  3. Mad Dog says:

    Wow, I see the Germans have installed sun loungers while you’ve been away 😉

  4. I like the stools around the bench so that your guests can join you in a glass of wine or several while you entertain them with running commentary on the dish, selected tasting bits, the occasional curse, a good chat, and anticipation of the feast to come. And if the meal takes too long to cook and too many glasses of wine have slid from the bottles, you don’t even have to move to the dining table. Perfect.

  5. That would be my dream kitchen. Wow.

  6. “days became daze.” I love that. Gorgeous holiday, Roger.

  7. MTM would die over that kitchen. I’m glad you and Jenny had a relaxing time, Roger. I’ve missed your posts and am glad you’re back.

  8. Welcome back! I’m glad you had a relaxing holiday.

  9. Michelle says:

    Isn’t it fun to live in somebody else’s house for a time? So long as it’s a nice house, of course. 🙂 I know nothing at all about Ile d’Oleron, so look forward to your future posts when the daze lifts.

  10. cecilia says:

    Wow, simply fantastic.. I am thrilled that you landed somewhere stunning and had such a good time, cooked and ate ’til you groaned I hope! c

    • We had a great time which included a lot of cooking. Sadly, the majority of French provincial restaurants by the coast are dreadful, so cooking is essential. The mad part is that they have the best ingredients that you can imagine. I’ve never understood this paradox,in France, of bad restaurants and great ingredients.

  11. Aurélie says:

    Wooow, it seems that you’re living in a Lifestyle magazine! I really love the kitchen! Great picture, I would love to cook in that kitchen! 🙂

  12. ChgoJohn says:

    All of the trappings of a fine holiday and it sounds like you took full advantage. Welcome home, Roger.

  13. Eha says:

    Let the stasis not be fragmented by us eager bloodhounds awaiting for your every internal and external memory . . . luvverly . . .

  14. mrsgillies says:

    That is one nice kitchen.

  15. You can not improve upon the kitchen, for sure. I’ll just sit here an wait for you to return with more! You were missed.

  16. Sounds like it was all a holiday should be, Roger, and more. Excellent.

  17. Welcome back Roger, sounds like you are still enjoying the moment(s)…a well deserved vacance.

  18. Gorgeous! Not a bad place to live for a bit, I must say 😉

  19. Karen says:

    Welcome back from what looks like a delightful holiday. I’m sure that wonderful kitchen and fresh ingredients inspired you to create some delicious meals. 🙂

  20. That text was so beautifully written that it was a holiday too 🙂

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