Category Archives: Excess

…hints of jam,..cinnamon…and a sprinkling of ….sugar.

The disappointingly dull explanation, when recounted to me in my childhood, of how a ship got into a bottle failed then, as now, to raise more than a bored ooh, or a stifled aah. Why one should choose to put, by necessity, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bad Habits, Burger, Digital photography, Drinks, Excess, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Health, Humour, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

the damp patch…

  Days of wind and rain make the passing of those glorious summer days of wine and roses all the harder to bear. Each year my expectations of a gentle transition from sunshine to mellow fruitfulness, born of some atavistic memory, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Autumn, clams, coques, crab, Crayfish, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, langoustines, Mussels, oysters, Photographic Prints, Photography, prawns, scallops, sea urchins, seafood, Sex, Uncategorized, vongole, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

the best legs in Lyon….

The streets of Vieux Lyon take on even more charm when seen through the legs of an unusually good Côte Rôtie. Its goodness is guaranteed as it has been selected and poured by Georges dos Santos, a man who is regarded … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Digital photography, Drinks, Excellence, Excess, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, grapes, Humour, lifestyle, Photographic Prints, Photography, Uncategorized, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

The horny (or is it thorny) problem of oral satisfaction in public…

It’s not surprising that, of the two, only “brunch” has survived from the portmanteau duo which includes the unpleasantly named “tupper”.  The end result of asking  friends and acquaintances  to join you for “tupper” would be, at best, a reduced circle of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Bad Habits, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Photography, Quail eggs, Sex, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Bewitched…..

A beautiful November morning which magically transformed itself into dark, rain filled afternoon reminded me of Kingsley Amis’ dazzling description of a hangover, which I reread today in a blog that has become a favourite of mine, namely The Bully … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Bad Habits, Digital photography, Drinks, Emotion, Excess, France, French countryside, Humour, Landscapes, Landscapes, Photography, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Break Step….

“Break Step” when crossing the Trembling Lady is as abstract as it gets, but the sign on the Albert Bridge is unequivocal in its demand that step should be broken when crossing it in column of threes. So avoid doing … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Digital photography, Emotion, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, nectarines, Photography, summer, Sunday, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

Preserving a myth…

There was a poster for a lemon cordial that I still clearly remember from my childhood. It was an illustration of a lemon with a humanoid face that was puckered with the sharpness that we  associate with lemon juice: “Idris … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, 70's, Bad Habits, Baking, Cocktails, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Lemon bar cakes, Lemon tart, lemons, sea salt, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

Cross words and radishes….

The neutral grey of the sky only served to accentuate the multiplicity of greens and ochres that make up the “slap” on the face of the countryside at this time of year. Driving along shiny, rain slick, black lanes this … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, harmony, Health, Humour, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, radishes, Recipes, Religion, Sugar, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

Cheesed off..

Earlier today I had read a review of an eatery in London where , for £100, two people could enjoy fish and chips with a glass of wine. Bile, spleen and age formed a phalanx within me to add strength and … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, bread, Cheese, Digital photography, Emotion, Excess, Fish, Fish'n chips, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Tongue tied…..

Being able to make our thoughts public, through “blogs” or “tweets”,  seems to have become a very efficient muzzle. The greater the number of people who read our, ineradicable, words the more cautious we have to become. We are very … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baking, Cooking, Emotion, Excess, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, friendship, harmony, Humour, hypocrisy, Illusion, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments