The Unbreakable Bond

As Madame says, the umbilical cord is never really cut.

Our daughter and one of her twin boys (my, how they’ve grown).

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Greatest Love Of All

(waist)coat of many colours

….although you might call it a vest.

This is part of the front of a waistcoat that I picked up in Spitalfields market in London more years ago than I care to think of.

I wear it when I’m feeling particularly rebellious. So hardly ever.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Coat Of Many Colours

Turning Stones To Bread

The theme for the Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘We Are The World’, which – at least in this blogger’s personal opinion – is a cloying, cliché-ridden dirge produced (or should that be ‘perpetrated’?) by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, who really could – and should – have done better. Or just not bothered.

But I digress. I have no image to go with this title. However, in part the lyrics read “turning stones to bread”.

Stones have an integral role to play in the making of bread, from the millstones that grind the wheat to the bricks that make up the ovens that bake the loaves.

That gave me the inspiration to post this image of the interior of a very large communal bread oven, in the open-air museum of Montrol-Sènard. The ceiling is quite a triumph of the bricklayers’ art.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: We Are The World

Shepherds’ Delight

Last week for the Fun Foto Challenge we had the theme of ‘Here Comes The Sun’. This prompted me to post an image of dawn breaking in our little part of the world.

This week, the topic is ‘Tomorrow’, which gave me the idea of posting an image of a sunset holding out the promise of a pleasant day to come. As the old saw has it: ‘red sky at night, shepherds’ delight’.

This photo was also taken outside the back of our house, although obviously this time facing west rather than east.

(And before you say it, I am fully aware of the fundamental futility of having a gate that you can just walk around. But it does add interest to the image.)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tomorrow

Daybreak On The Land

A dramatic sunrise on a misty November morning in the French countryside.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Here Comes The Sun

Affordable Motoring

Believe it or not, we do actually know somebody who has a large collection of real vintage Ferraris, but this local collector – like most of us – had to settle for the ‘small world’ versions.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Small world

Boy Blue

On a hot day in Dubai (in November!) the only thing to do is to jump in the swimming pool and cool off.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue

Wait! Cucumbers Have Flowers?

Not that I’ve ever given the matter much thought, but I was genuinely surprised to see that the cucumber plants in our serre were flowering.

Although since they’re planted next to the courgettes, which even I know have flowers, I really ought to have realised.

To be honest, I was just attracted by the water drops.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow

A Pink Poker

This week’s Fun Foto (sic) Challenge has the theme of ‘Pink’. I really did try very hard to avoid the cliché of posting a straightforward picture of a flower of said hue.

Unfortunately I lack both the imagination or the depth of archive to avoid the floral world entirely. However, with some judicious cropping, framing and other editing I managed to produce this quasi-abstract image of the flower usually called ‘Red Hot Poker’ – although this one actually was pink.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pink

Ethereal White

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White