Category Archives: Farming

burning question…..

Atavistic memories of the word “incinerator” recently started to shuffle around the corridors of my mind but the events surrounding that word remain in soft focus. There was a point in my childhood when several parts of our family shared a house … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Bad Habits, Digital photography, Emotion, Farming, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Memory, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

playing it safe….

Living where and how we do acts as a prophylactic, a spiritual condom that shields us from the reality of the ever more imaginative madness of mankind. Growing old in peace is not an unreasonable expectation yet it is becoming an increasingly rare luxury and … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Digital photography, Farming, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Photographic Prints, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

egg tempera..ment

Like a sun tanned Humpty Dumpty, I am cracked and broken. As with H.D, I am basically a good egg but fragile. The last few days have provided me with a cogent and flawless argument against the extension of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Baking, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Farming, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, hypocrisy, Meat, Memory, Photography, photography course, Pie, tart, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 43 Comments

DNR….

It has been a long time since I spent so much time in London. My mind’s pulse is at last returning to the slow, steady rhythm of our chosen home place. During the last week we have had two small … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Digital photography, Farming, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

Making the beast with two backs…..making it do what?

When I first heard this phrase, apparently loaded with sexual euphemism, it only brought to mind my vain attempts to create animal silhouettes on a wall in the beam of a torch. As a schoolboy I was more than a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, 70's, Accents, Art photography, Childhood, Childhood memories, Digital photography, Farming, France, French countryside, Google, Humour, Language, Photography, Sex, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Beau laid……

Sitting by my computer I can see and hear the rain lashing against my window, making me remember the sun and blue skies of yesterday afternoon when the sun light seemed to saturate the colour of everything that it touched. … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, Digital photography, Farming, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Landscapes, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

Time to draw a line in the breadcrumbs

The sheep in the adjoining field are very keen on bread, in all its varied forms. They are keen on it because we, not being farmers but eaters of farmers’ produce, have fed them the bread, for which we have … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, Farming, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, hypocrisy, Italian food, lemons, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Parmesan, Parmigiana Reggiano, pasta, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, sea salt, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Gimme a red courgette….

This is a fine example of the failure of language through intonation. One slip of a consonant and the farmer, formerly known as Vince, is staring at the curvy rear end of a rosey courgette cropper rather than the rude … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Digital photography, Emotion, Farming, France, French countryside, harmony, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Cart death…..

La Moussiere is slowly dying and I’ve only just noticed. It’s not particularly sad, as everything in our world is doing the same thing at its own rate, but I was disappointed in myself for being so unobservant, so unfeeling. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Digital photography, Emotion, Farming, France, French countryside, harmony, Health, Landscapes, Landscapes, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

I didn’t hear the news today, oh joy……

One of the stand out advantages that comes with living in the middle of nowhere is the visible lack of newspapers and news. “The News”, as in a newspaper or in a television or radio programme, has become a misnomer … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Dreams, Emotion, Farming, France, harmony, Humour, hypocrisy, Illusion, lifestyle, Memory, Reality, Sunday papers, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments