Tag Archives: Spring

on a wing and a préau….

The longing, in this month of April, for the warmth of summer is with me for an unseemly proportion of my waking and dreaming moments. A longing that has me limping along these final few furlongs of heavy going before winter, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, artichokes, Bay leaves, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Coriander, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Dreams, Drinks, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Olive oil, Photographic Prints, Photography, Recipes, summer, Thyme, Uncategorized, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

A feeling that our market may be just a little too Common..

Green asparagus seems to be a rarity in our part of France which surprises me as it features on the menus of many local restaurants at this time of year whilst, in the shops, it remains as rare as an interesting … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, asparagus, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Humour, Photography, photography course, potatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

Not a winter wooly….

Today is the day when winter, dragging it’s damp and weary feet, limps off the stage for another year. As with trains, the beginning and ending of seasons are subject to a clear timetable, yet they arrive when least expected … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Pears, Photography, photography course, Seasons, Uncategorized, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

The Colour Violette…

On the way to La Rochelle there is an Oasis, set in a shady clearing by the roadside, that is only open for the summer months. L’Oasis is a shack, the open side of which is filled with trays overflowing … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, anchovies, apricots, Art photography, artichokes, aubergine, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, pasta, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Shopping, spaghetti olio aglio, summer, Vegetables, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

The Hound of the Daffodils….

Much as I dislike diminutives, I’m very fond of Trigger and Gypsy. The two eponymous poodles have been in our charge over the last few days, which has meant that I have been drawn away from stove and keyboard and … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, Digital photography, dog walking, Dogs, France, French countryside, harmony, Humour, Hunting, Poodles, summer, Uncategorized, Vendee, Walkies, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Still waiting for the green man…

This is the forest that acts as the backcloth to our lives. We look out of the windows of the house, or from the window of the car as we go about our daily business, searching for the first signs … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Digital photography, Expectation, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Rigoletto in his christening robe…

Last week I had to undertake the arduous task of tasting Rigoletto, a new cuvée at Prieuré La Chaume, whilst talking to Christian Chabirand, from whose loins Rigoletto sprang, about shooting a portrait of the new born in his christening outfit. … Continue reading

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First taste of summer…

For three successive mornings we have woken to sun pouring in through the windows. But winter habits being hard to shake off, ask any monk, on my way back from buying bread, I stopped at Claude’s house to order some … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, anchovies, Breakfast, capers, Digital photography, Excellence, Farming, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Garden, harmony, Health, Les Saints de Glace, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Sunday, Sunday breakfast, Toast, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Early clout casting….

The first sight of the sun today brought out the mad dog in this Englishman. My mission was firewood cutting and I had set about the job in my standard kit of a thick Aran knit sailing sweater under an … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Breakfast, Coffee, Dreams, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Garden, Illusion, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Virtual, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Fromage fouette and baies roses… a taste of Spring

February is at last grinding to its weary end. Much as I hate the thought of wishing even a single hour of my life away, I do find February enervating. This does not just relate to this February, but to every … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baies Roses, Cheese, Cream, Digital photography, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fromage fouette, Herbs and Spices, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments