Posted on July 12, 2020
This week, the challenge is to post a picture that conveys ‘your culture’.
Which begs the question, what is my culture? As an English (although I prefer to be Scouse, which is most definitely not the same thing) expatriate living very happily in rural France, the answer is by no means clear-cut.
However, I think this image of a brightly painted old-fashioned cart on display outside the Mairie gives a decent idea of my current cultural circumstances.
52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 28 Your Culture
Posted on May 23, 2020
“What does serenity mean to you?’ is the question posed for the 21st instalment of the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.
I always find this view very tranquil and calming (not that I often need to calm down). It’s what I see when I look over the wall of our back garden. The two fields were bought with the house, so for a few brief minutes I am master of all I survey.
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 21 Serenity
Posted on March 25, 2020
Posted on March 18, 2020
Frank’s theme for this week is ‘Spread’.
Before we retired to France, we came over for a few weeks each summer to see how the renovations of Brokedown Palace were coming along. We generally stayed at a Chambre d’Hôte in nearby Le Dorat.
One weekend while we were there, however, the place was being used for a wedding reception, and since our room overlooked the garden in which it was being held, they were good enough to invite us. It was quite a spread…
Posted on March 3, 2020
In the UK, the conventional wisdom is that, if you’re looking to sell your house, you make it clean and tidy; perhaps brew some fresh coffee, even bake some bread, in order to create a cosy, welcoming ambience for the prospective purchaser.
In rural France, however, as we discovered on our own house-hunting trip, it’s common practice just to pile up a load of junk and invite the viewer to use their imagination and see past it.
(We didn’t buy this one – although that isn’t to say that the one we did end up acquiring looked any better on first sight)
Posted on January 29, 2020
I suppose that, strictly speaking, this is not so much harvest as haymaking, but I think it stands on its own merits as a contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto theme for this week of ‘harvest’.
Posted on January 18, 2020
Posted on December 18, 2019
This big old open range was in the kitchen of a house in France that we looked at as a possible purchase, before settling on what was to become Brokedown Palace.
Posted on December 17, 2019
Posted on September 27, 2019
Go to any brocante or vide-grenier around these parts and you’ll find plenty of old farming utensils which would nowadays probably be classed as – and only useful for – ‘design pieces’. Almost inevitably,somewhere in the jumble will be an old set of weights – like these: