Lambing Time

Out here in rural France, we’re surrounded by nature of course. That doesn’t mean it’s all idyllic, but it’s hard to take a walk during lambing time in spring and not feel, at least for a minute or two, that all’s well with the world.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature

The Wine List

Meanwhile, back in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, home to the subterranean church as featured n recent posts, on the main street there is a now closed down shop that obviously used to sell some very upmarket wines.

For example, a bottle of that 1967 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion would nowadays set you back close to 400 dollars or euros. Cooking wine it ain’t.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

Cut from the living rock

Cee’s theme for her Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘man-made items’. Handily, this gives me an opportunity to post another image from the subterranean church at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

This edifice is a good fifteen feet high and it’s been created by cutting away the solid rock from all around it. If that’s not impressive then I don’t know what is.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man-made items

Ice Ice Baby

These ice cubes were last seen heading in the general direction of a gin & tonic but have now completely disappeared, despite an intensive search effort.

A spokesman said “the trail’s gone cold; it’s like they just melted away”

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hot or cold

Fungi

These mushrooms have suddenly popped up amongst the lemongrass in our serre (greenhouse). And, of course, mushrooms are fuNgi.

CMMC: The letter N in the middle of the word

The subterranean church

In the picturesque village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, in the Charente region, is to be found a subterranean church, carved out of solid rock. Originally, in what must have been a major feat of both architecture and engineering, it was dug out from beneath the local chateau, which no longer exists.

They call it a church, but in terms of sheer scale it could easily pass for a cathedral.

Cee’s Fun foto Challenge: Basically Two Colours

Hydrangea – A closer View

It’s macro week in Cee’s midweek challenge, so let’s take a closer look at the hydrangea from my previous post.

CMMC 3 August 2022

Hydrangea

The theme for the Fun Foto Challenge this week is something that reminds us of nature’s beauty.

I seem to recall from my distant days as a Philosophy undergraduate that there is quite some debate as to whether ‘beauty’ exists anywhere other than the eye of the beholder. However, it’s hard to argue against the view that this hydrangea – a recent addition to our garden- fits the bill on this occasion.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

July’s Last Photo

This is part of the ‘deli’ section of our local village shop – the Superette’.

If you’re wondering what museau de porc is, let me enlighten you: it’s pig’s snout.

I am not making this up. Or eating it.

The Last Photo July 2022

Can’t Go Wrong With Raindrops

Captured on the wet morning of a recent coach trip, you just can’t go wrong with raindrops on flowers, can you?

CMMC July macro