Posted on February 15, 2018
As any football fan knows, the World Cup is taking place this summer. Four years ago, during the previous one, Madame made an appropriate cake for our twin grandsons’ seventh birthday.
Posted on February 8, 2018
WordPress’ Photo Challenge for this week asks for an image of where we live.
The eponymous village at the centre of the commune where we live is called Mézières-sur-Issoire. With the best will in the world, you couldn’t describe it as a tourist destination. There are no buildings of particular historical interest (although it does have its fair share of interesting doors). In the summer, tourists are more likely to pass through than to stop, unless it’s to use the parking facilities for mobile homes.
However, it can boast a touch of whimsy, in the form of the concrete sheep that are dotted around along the main road. This is sheep country after all.
I well remember the first time we saw them, as we drove into the village that has now become our home. They are – at least if you’re in a moving car – quite realistic, and are positioned so that they appear to be about to cross the road. They’re at least as effective as a speed bump – the first time, at any rate.
Posted on February 1, 2018
This week’s topic for the WordPress Photo Challenge is ‘beloved’. This is an image of my beloved, that I’ve posted before on my other blog, under the title of ‘Lucky Me’.
I stand by that.
Posted on January 25, 2018
This display of rockery plants at the annual flower show in nearby Magnac-Laval shows not only a variety of species but also reveals that each individual plant is subtly different from all the others.
Posted on January 18, 2018
This weathered sign can be found in the nearby open-air memorial of Oradour-sur Glane, a village where over 600 inhabitants – mostly women and children – were massacred by German troops in June 1944.
Posted on January 11, 2018
The passage of millenia has weathered the sandstone of the ancient city of Petra into some fascinating shapes and colours, including this example.
Is it just me, or is that the head of a dinosaur about to graze on that bush?
Posted on January 4, 2018
This particular specimen of one of the flowers that came from the wild flower mix we sewed last summer rapidly outstripped – outgrew – all the rest. Shooting it from below – not that I had much choice – as it reaches for the sky reinforces the impression of ‘growth’.