Category Archives: Language

Oh no…he’s going to be political!

Oh no, he’s not! There is little point in continuing with the pantomime refrain as any political convictions that I have, have had or might have in the future are invariably based on emotions rather than political nous ( I’m sure that nous … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bakewell Tart, Baking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Language, Photographic Prints, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Memento Sorry..

  As momentum gathers to pull up the drawbridge and lower the portcullis against the marauding bands of the Unenglish beating a path to our gates, the burning question on the lips of each and every Daily Mail journalist and … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Digital photography, France, Humour, hypocrisy, Language, Photographic Prints, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

chicken marmalade…..

I can never understand how jam, a confit of boiled fruit and sugar, can be known by the catchall of jelly and yet, in the USA, it apparently is. It’s the lack of care in defining the difference between a thick syrup, laden … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Apricot jam, Breakfast, Chicken, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Grape jelly, Humour, Jam, Language, Photography, Poultry, Roast Chicken, Sugar, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 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

An audience of one…

I am unaccustomed to public speaking. Even the simplest public address takes its toll.  The very act of standing up before a  sea of silent anticipation, even if that sea is a tiny inlet of family and friends, has the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, buffalo mozzarella, Cheese, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Language, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

One fine morning…..not

I, like Caesar before me, walked out into the ruins of what was, but yesterday evening, a garden in the full pomp of June flowering.  On surveying the flattened, flowerless, green mayhem Caesar would have addressed his trembling gardeners in … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Bad luck, Emotion, Garden, Gardening, Humour, Language, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

Nobody hears an apple scream…..

Had the Swiss version of apple ducking taken place in the present “caring” climate, William Tell’s son would have been whisked away by Social Services before you could say “Please, Daddy, stop firing arrows at my head”. The Swiss, with … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, apple crumble, apple tart on puff pastry, apples, baked apples, baking, Caroline Conran, Cookery Writers, Cooking, crumble, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Granny Smith apples, Humour, Language, Molasses, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, puff pastry, Recipes, Sugar, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Having a breakdown….

My specialist subject is not “The Workings of the Internal Combustion Engine”. This became apparent when, after pushing all the knobs and turning all the keys marked “Start”, nothing happened save the creation of a telling noise that had heads … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Bad Habits, Digital photography, Emotion, Expectation, France, Humour, Illusion, Language, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

A cute accent…..

Corn Flakes have appeared in my life again after many years absence.  I had them for breakfast this morning, admittedly in a sort of de- constructed, self conscious “foodie” way, but they were very good and served to reawaken childhood … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Accents, Breakfast, Cereal, Corn flakes, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Honey, Language, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 55 Comments