Posted on October 16, 2020
Posted on October 3, 2020
Posted on August 8, 2020
This week in the Smartphone Challenge we’re asked for a shot that’s framed naturally.
Can do. At the side of our garage a line of trees separates our property from a neighbour’s field, in which he grazes some of his horses.
52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 32
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 April 3, 2020
When we bought our
ruin house, there was a deconstructed old cart in what we now call our ‘Salon’ but was then a dirt-floored room that had probably housed livestock back in the day.
Posted on March 25, 2020
Posted on March 23, 2020
Even by local standards, the small settlement of Bonnefont is well off the beaten track, albeit only about twenty minutes away by car.
It’s worth the trip, though, if only for this exceptionally photogenic old window.
#MondayWindow 23 March 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 6, 2020
Down here in la France profonde, the more common causes of circulation perturbée (traffic problems) – such as roadworks or a jack-knifed lorry – are just as likely to be supplemented by finding yourself on a country road behind a local farmer in the process of moving his flock of sheep from one field to another.
The ubiquitous white van is the modern-day sheepdog.