Category Archives: harmony

I got the bleus..du ciel, de la mer..the summertime bleus.

It might surprise you to hear that I’ve been ranting quite a lot over the last day or two, although surprise may not be first among the emotions felt, by those of you who know me well, on hearing that unsurprising news. I’ve … Continue reading

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looking for somewhere nice to go for a drink?

Within a few paces of the garden gate lies a peaceful refuge in the true chauvinist spirit of France. In the baker’s dozen of years that I have passed in this hamlet I have yet to see a female in this “cave”. This … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, aperitif, apples, Art photography, Digital photography, Drinks, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Fruit, harmony, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Vendee, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

A fall from grace and a happy ending…

Food to suit the weather. After some grey days it’s good to see the sun. A day’s planting in the garden warranted a good supper. As we discussed the possibilities a small bird fell from the sky and landed at … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, harmony, Photography, photography course, tortilla, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 51 Comments

Eating outdoors at last….

Dreams have the unfortunate habit of remaining unfulfilled so it is always a delight to have one come true. As the years have passed I have learnt to keep my dreams simple so, on this cusp of summer time, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, harmony, Kitchens, Meat, Nigel Slater, Photography, photography course, Toulouse sausages, Uncategorized, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

A Hot potato….

“The question is that…” So often the debate concerning the composition of the evening meal, even when that meal is going to be shared by two people who have shared evening meals together for many years, can be fraught with … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, baking, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, harmony, Humour, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

It is a far, far better thing that I eat now……

There is a smokiness in the air that is sending me the clear message that it’s time to start bringing in fire wood. A mountain of good, dry wood has been delivered and all that remains to be done is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Autumn, Cream, desserts, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, figs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, harmony, Humour, Nuts, Photography, Seasons, Uncategorized, walnuts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

Coco’s Autumn colours…..

The rays of warm, late afternoon sunlight, that were diffused through the kitchen window rideaux, made the spoonful of apricot jam sparkle. Smearing jam and cream onto egg yellow sponge was the final act of this afternoon’s baking. The colours … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Apricot jam, apricots, Autumn, baking, blackberries, Blackberrying, brambles, cake, Cooking, Cream, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, harmony, Jam, Kitchens, Landscapes, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 30 Comments

Fragile – handle with care..

The addition of the above caveat to a parcel, emotion, relationship or political situation will rarely induce the suggested care in those who are commissioned to handle it. Such a warning demands that it should be examined roughly and shaken … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Bad Habits, Baking, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cream, Crunchy tart of raw salmon and cream, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Dill, Eggs, Emotion, Excellence, Fish, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, harmony, Photography, Recipes, Salmon, tart, Uncategorized, Writing, yolks | Tagged , , , , , | 41 Comments

On the beach…

Not hearing, not seeing and not speaking any evil depends on an individual’s concept of evil. Within the family of man, barefaced lies, equivocation or deep sincerity all function equally when adopting this maxim. Yesterday, a friend sent me a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Digital photography, Emotion, France, harmony, Health, Photography, summer, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

There is a season……

A reputation in tatters is what you see before you. Years of studiously practising to be a grumpy Grandad has gone by the board. Be warned, this is what happens when you’re surrounded by the amazing children of your own … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Childhood, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, family, France, Good luck, harmony, lifestyle, Photography, summer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments