Another year has been added to the time that I have spent breathing the air of this world. I have reached a biblical point in the scribe’s view of our allotted time and so I am metaphorically putting fingers in my ears and going la-di-la-la-la-di-la, not like Diane Keaton which would be challenging and not apposite, but very spiritually loudly as I need the ear of cherubim and seraphim rather than Woody Allen. Once I had stopped shouting at the heavens, I looked up and was delighted to see the sun shining in them which made me fancy a boiled egg. It was not just the yellow ball in the blue sky that made me think of the egg, it was also an urge to show off; a not uncommon urge in a photographer and writer and one that I try not to curb. That which I wanted to showcase was the outstanding moulded metal egg cup and accompanying glass salt cellar that are part of our booty from yesterday’s visit to Emmaus: it get’s more Biblical at every turn. Our journey to Emmaus did not include a chat with the risen Messiah and I’m glad of that as, firstly, I’m not sure the journey would have been long enough for him to expound on the scriptures that would have explained this miracle and, secondly, because I wouldn’t have picked up a hitch hiker who had clearly just got out of a grave….unless it was Uma Thurman. Back to Emmaus. Emmaus, as the link above will show you, is an international organisation that charitably shares our junk with the rest of the world whilst allowing me and you to buy someone else’s interesting junk for a few pence ( centimes ). As a food photographer, junk is part of my stock in trade and were you to try and buy such frivolous junk in London, New York or Paris it would cost you une jambe et un bras. I don’t believe that one can substitute underwear for a limb and I know Shylock wouldn’t have fallen for that.
Shylock: “I want my pound of flesh”
Portia: “How about if I give you my knickers…I’ll chuck in my bras for good measure..ho, ho,ho”
Shylock: ” If you mean a limb by the term “bras”, I think we can cut a deal.”
However, here in the French countryside, one’s limbs are safe and for 2€ I purchased the trove of delights in the picture above, which I’m sure will feature in future pictures.
The early afternoon sun is now beckoning to me to get on with roasting a chicken for a late Sunday lunch which bird, if it turns our looking handsomely crisp and golden, and the light stays bright and soft, may well be the first artiste to model some of the above crockery.
So we can wish you a happy three score years and ten! I’ll never catch you up, but I’m snapping at your heels …
I’m looking over my shoulder, Martyn. Thanks for the good wishes:)
Happy day! May you have many returns of the egg-filled occasion…
Thanks…that would be nice:)
I’d willingly sell a pound or two of flesh, if only I could find a buyer for the fatty bits 😉
Nice treasure haul!
It’s a good box of props, isn’t it?
Most definitely. I haven’t found anything good like that since the early 90s at Los Encants in Barcelona. They’d want a fiver each in Goldborne Road, but I’ve heard that the Chiswick Car Boot is good… 😉
Most the branches of Emmaus are fine combed by dealers before anything goes on sale, or that’s what it looks like to me. Luckily, the stuff the interests me doesn’t seem to be on their wish list..
…and Happy Birthday – i was so busy admiring the props that I forgot to say that earlier.
Cheers, MD, thanks for that 🙂
Happy birthday! Your breakfast looks delicious. Do you know about freecycle.org? It’s a great way to get free “junk” and also to find an appreciative home for your own discarded things. Very popular here in Northeast Ohio, and I do see that there are quite a few chapters in France.
I’m going to have to check this out…in fact I just have! Very good idea. We have another thing like it called leboncoin.fr which is pretty good. But for finding interesting and stylist old crockery,cutlery,linen and glassware without travelling all over France and checking out the date of every “vide grenier”, nothing beats Emmaus as long as you get there before the dealers:)
Great swag. Joyeux anniversaire, Roger! La-di-la-la-la-di-la.
Good,eh? Thanks for the good wishes:)
Well, the happiest of birthdays to you!!!! – I believe I do have you beat thought, and pleased as punch about the whole thing.
I love the egg picture. I just had mine and some freshly baked rolls with butter, one with strawberry preserve the other with some slices of Mettwurst [actually here it goes under the name of Lebanon Balogna – after the town of Lebanon, Pennsylvania]
Well, I shall look up to you even more, Christian.Your breakfast sounds delicious and I’m sure you’re surrounded with prints of those great road shots that you keep producing:)
Thank you Roger – the credit goes to your and your ever inspiring posts and the smiles they bring to my soul!
Many thanks for that:)
The happiest of birthdays to you, Roger! While I don’t actively seek out odds and ends for my house, there are several garage sales around selling trinkets and baubles for pennies on the dollar. There’s even an “antiques” mall up the road a piece from where I live. Americans don’t necessarily have traditional antiques, considering the recency of the founding, but there’s all sorts of odd bits to amuse collectors and photographers alike.
Many thanks for the birthday wishes, Nate. The problem with still life and food photographers is that we never stop gathering props and they never stop gathering dust…and so it goes on:)
Happy, Happy Birthday, Roger. Your purchases are right up my alley. I have a dish affliction, and I don’t have the excuse that I use them as props in food photography. I’m mesmerized by your treasure.
On a different note, how do get the top off the egg like that? Every time I tap around mine and pull it off, it’s all white. Do you just trial-and-error it until you get the one for the shot? Or is there a technique to decapitating a soft-boiled egg that I’m missing?
That’s a serious question, Andra. I never thought there was a problem before…I thought all eggs opened like that…I can see that the next boiled egg shot will be fraught with angst:)
By the look of it, from Roger’s photo, it seems the egg hasn’t been tapped, as you describe, but sliced through from side to side a way down from the top. That method sometimes results in a car crash, with shards of shell everywhere, but practice does make perfect.
That’s how it was done, Martyn, and so far it’s gone pretty well. I hope to be able to tell you on my 80th if I’ve started to fuck it up:)
Joyeux Anniversaire, Roger! Love the booty, real treasure for the price…And on an eggy note, my friend and I ate poached egg on smoked salmon on toast with some cold roast beetroot to accompany it for our light lunch today! she pronounced it very tasty…
Sounds excellent. They are all ingredients that I love. Beetroot is a real favourite….although beetroot juice getting caught up in the egg is not a good look:)
When you’ve roasted it, that is not a problem…
Good point…and I’m already thinking of roasting some beetroot next week.
Happy Birthday. Intrigued by your haul of goods in the last picture, cannot help but wonder what you passed by!
It was a very good day at Emmaus. I could have filled the car for an extra 10€, but where to store it?
Happy Birthday, Roger! I hope the year ahead is a happy one for you.
I’ve a couple charity shops nearby but rarely do I find anything worth the investment of cupboard space.
Many thanks, John:)
What a fabulous pile of loot, Roger. I love it, and am rather envious.
Happy Birthday: your egg cup overfloweth, it seems. You have the secret of happiness and contentment, out in the wilds of France.
That Shylock. Such tunnel vision. Think of the cornucopia of delights he missed out on, and all for a bit of wilful misinterpretation. And a bras.
Happy, happy, happy birthday Roger! Hope you raised a few glasses of something lovely after the breakfast egg. And you need to hop across the channel to Bexhill – we have so many charity shops hear (lots of old folk popping their clogs 😉 ) that for just a few scanty undies I furnished my house with lots of fabulous old bits and bobs…
Here..not hear! Hear, hear!!!
Bexhill certainly seems to be worth a visit. We’ve never found any furniture that we would want…I think the dealers get it. Luckily they don’t want mismatched plates and rusty knives…poor fools:)
Happiest of birthdays. May your life have many more mornings filled with soft boiled eggs served so beautifully. And what a haul you got for your 2Euros!
Thanks, Joss 🙂
Well, I seem to have picked a good day to come back. Happy birthday! I thought you must have gone to the Bahamas or something because I had no posts from you in my reader. It turns out someone, somewhere (me perhaps?) had ‘unfollowed’ you. I’m glad to be back reading your posts and seeing your photos 🙂
Brilliant to see you back, Margaret. I’d been wondering what I had done to offend you:)
Bonne anniversaire! Enjoy your new treasures as we shall in future photos. I am tasting that egg … mmm …
Many thanks, Patricia:)
Happy Birthday and may many more moons shine over your camera and tripod!
That egg looks delicious.
(and to think it was only 12-18mths ago, I got rid of all my spare kitchen & dining ‘stuff’ – crockery, silverware and most of the hand-made embroidered linen – and handed the family heirloom silver onto the next generation as I never used it – to my two nieces – one got married last year).
That’s how it happens…but, you hadn’t planned on being a food photographer at that point;)
A very happy and healthy birthday to you, Roger!! For two euros you purchased a treasure trove but my eyes are firmly set on your talent as a photographer: that yolk slowly dripping down the side of the egg was caught at exactly the right nano-second 🙂 !
It took a lot of will power, Eha:)
May you have many more sunny and egg filled days. Happy birthday, I hope it was a good one.
It was indeed,Karen, and thanks for the good wishes:)
Happy Birthday and Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Roger. You have definitely served your purpose in life, making others long for deliciousness they have never thought off, all through your inspirational craving-poem-photography. May you have 1000s of slurpy egg sunday breakfasts!! And much more of othere pleasures!!!
What a fabulously expressed sentiment…loved it. Thank you so much, Cornelia:)
So many thoughts … 1: happy birthday!!! 2: the picture of the drooling egg made me DROOL. I’m not kidding. 3: you got all that awesome loot for 2 pounds? Wow. 4: I’ll definitely check out Emmaus. 5: Such a wonderfully written post! Bon Anniversaire and a 100 more years as we say in Persian (which by then your age will be truly biblical)
Many thanks, Azita. I00 years more is a tough call:)
You have sound reasons for collecting such treasures but me, I think not. Regardless, I believe as the years pass and I attain the same age – happy birthday, and past, I will indulge beyond necessity, much to the consternation of those who will have to deal with it all when my days are done, when once again the treasures will be free to attach themselves to nouveau devotees.
That’s the full circle:)
Belated Happy Birthday – if it was 23rd I was celebrating mine too. With sushi rather than a boiled egg – which I’m off to have for breakfast after seeing this gorgeous pic.
Sushi is thin on the ground in the Vendee…..I had to settle for a boiled egg. You have made me think of sashimi, though:)
What a great looking egg holder.
It’s very smart, isn’t it…it was part of my haul of goodies:)
Wow good finds. And happy birthday!
So many wonderful finds! And a very happy belated birthday!
Many thanks for that, Ksenia:)
A very Happy Birthday! 🙂 I do wish I had better sources for odds and sods for my photos. Slim pickings but I am starting to gather things.
I’m very bad at building up my props cupboard, but every now and then I come across some good things and remember to buy them:)
It’s on my list this year to get better at using the props for the photos. Looking to set up a few spots round the house for the lighting. We’ll see what happens!
Gorgeous egg. Happy Belated Birthday!
Thanks for that….enjoy the Caribbean, you lucky thing:)
How did I miss this? Belated happy birthday, Roger – what a mouth-watering photo! Love Emmaus (and all of that ilk) too.
I love your photographs and your style. Like you, I adore picking up vintage treasures and including them in my work. The cutlery with the blue embellishments is divine. It is a joy, at last to have a blog which gives me an excuse to do what I love best. It looks as though you feel that way too. I will visit again! Thanks-Karen.
Thanks for checking out the blog, and thanks for the kind words. Glad that you like what I’m doing:)