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Olia Hercules will be cooking in France this June…

OLIA HERCULES, WHOSE NAME, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHOSE FOOD IS ON THE LIPS OF EVERYONE, IS THE GUEST CHEF ON MY FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE OVER A LONG WEEKEND IN FRANCE THIS COMING JUNE …………….AND IT’S FILLING UP FAST. IF YOU … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

reflecting on a Sunday lunch in La Rochelle…..

The skies are blue with soft white clouds and the sun is shining. It’s business as usual in La Rochelle. Ancient stone walls reflect the warm sun into the darkest corners of the streets. Pavements are cluttered with the tables and … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Bistro, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, lifestyle, Photography, Photography holiday, seafood, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

never mock a turtle….

Having been in it too many times, soup and I have seen the best and worst of each other. Soup follows us through the seven ages of our lives from the first toothless food experience of puréed baby food to the penultimate … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Childhood, Childhood memories, Cooking, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photographic Prints, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Looking back over my shoulder..

I’ve become conditioned to conjure words in the quiet of the early morning, confined within the four walls of my office where, with a cup of coffee in my hand, an idea is sparked by a thought, a picture, a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Ile d'Oleron, Kitchens, Photography, summer, swimming pool, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 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

I got the blues….

I had to go and check, and I can confirm that it’s OK. The sea is still blue, as is the sky, with a cleverly contrasting yellow for the ground. Whoever worked that one out is no fool, it gets … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, family, France, French countryside, harmony, Landscapes, Landscapes, Memory, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 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

Ladies who lunch..Chez Papa..

Uncovering treasure is not an accurate science. I say this with an authority that I do not possess, as treasure and I are rarely, if ever, seen together or even spoken of in the same breath. The same can be … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baking, Bistro, Choc ice, Chocolate, Coffee, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Excellence, Expectation, family, financiers, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, harmony, Humour, Kitchens, Noa grape, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Uncategorized, Vineyard, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

Bottle in a boat…….

I don’t know whether one can have enough of a good thing. Only people with an awful lot of that good thing are in a position to give an answer. Clearly, the state of having had enough of something very … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Digital photography, Drinks, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

One fine morning….

A grey morning found me cutting firewood behind the house. The squeak of an old barn door opening announced the arrival of Annie, one of our neighbours. Annie and her husband Remy have raised Charolais beef cattle for the last … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Emotion, Farming, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Health, leeks, lifestyle, New Year, onions, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Soup, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments