Category Archives: French countryside

Instagram….a new departure

I’ve recently started putting pictures on Instagram and it occurred to me that some of you might be interested in seeing some of my pictures without the ranting that accompanies my pictures on this blog. A short time ago I … Continue reading

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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

a very nice crumble…

Time ravages that which has lost its use. That slow corruption is felt most keenly by the vain.  Vanity is not a characteristic of nature or the inanimate which allows us to marvel at their slow disintegration.

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Digital photography, Film, France, French countryside, harmony, Landscapes, Photographic Prints, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

I can see clearly now…

…which is a relief after the haze through which I have been looking due to the prolonged, and at times seemingly endless, Christmas and New Year celebrations. What I can clearly see now are the confirmed dates for the photography courses … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Digital photography, Excellence, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Vendee | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

…it’s a photography holiday..but not as we know it, Jim…

Camerahols are dead, long live Vendée Holidays. Just when I thought the time had come for me to perfect the art of selfishly lazing around a pool, a vibrant young couple, Matt and Emily Clark, have recruited me to work … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Landscapes, lifestyle, Markets, photography course, Photography holiday, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

…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

a taste of 2016….perhaps..

Something has stirred in the forest, still faint, but definitely stirring. The forest in question is the tangled thicket of my thoughts into which a seed has fallen and taken root. If it grows and thrives I shall tell you more … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, beef, clay oven, Cookery School in France, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, gigot, Meat, Photography, pizza oven, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

moist nuts….

Whilst wishing to avoid the inevitable and predictable prurience I have no option but to fling myself headlong into the mire of double entendre by mentioning that my first encounter with moist nuts was on our honeymoon some forty one … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Nuts, Photographic Prints, Photography, Uncategorized, walnuts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

lunch: a user’s manual..

Let me be clear, I don’t give a flying fuck if Marie Antoinette said brioche, chelsea buns or if she said bugger all…I’m saying it now…”let them eat cake”. In particular, let them eat this cake. Amaretti biscuits have always been … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, amaretti & raspberry cake, Baking, cake, coffee, cognac, Cooking, desserts, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Humour, Memory, Photography, raspberries, Recipes, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Coeur de Lyon

Rather than writing I’ve been laying on the beach in La Rochelle which is the order of things in August. Summer lassitude together with the limitless produce of the season limits the demand on time spent in the kitchen which, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Digital photography, French countryside, Photographic Prints, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments