Drab Sunday

Drab Sunday

Stormy wintry showers have kept me indoors all this week so I leapt at the opportunity to run an errand in Amboise this afternoon in between two downpours. Leapt is probably an exaggeration. I put my shoes on and went out is more accurate. Sunday market stragglers were clearing up their stalls. The whereabouts of […]

My Eyes Glaze Over

My Eyes Glaze Over

Haven’t done the fifteen minute thing for a while so here’s a picture from the archives. In the spring of this year we got this super deal for a mobile home in a camping site near the sea-side; we put the bikes in the back seat, strapped the kids to the back of the car […]

Two Herons

Two Herons

What a relief! After a full week of damp, cold, foggy mornings, at last we have a little sunshine. I walked through and out of Chandon westwards. It was only 1 or 2 °C but it felt a lot pleasanter than that. The dad of one of my son’s school friends, in his car, back […]

Fritz the Elephant

Fritz the Elephant

I was in Tours this morning for an English lesson and having noticed that we are low on tea I swung into the town centre to pick some up. The tea shop was full of customers and so knowing I would have to wait quite a while I decided instead to pay a visit to […]

Little White Dot

Little White Dot

That little white dot, there in the middle of the picture, is the sun. It’s a hundred and fifty million kilometres away, give or take, and it never ceases to amaze me. To put this in perspective I shall quote HG Wells’ A Short History of the World (1922) which I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, […]

Rainbows and Shiny Orbs

Rainbows and Shiny Orbs

After lunch I nipped out between rain showers and was rewarded by some beautiful sunshine. Looking back at one point I snapped the rainbow (below) and the view north to the other side of the Loire valley. Ahead of me to the east the sun glinted off the golden orb that tops the Pagoda at […]

Jingly Dog

Jingly Dog

Late morning Sunday walk and the sound of gunfire echoed across the valley. It was bright and sunny and the morning frost had disappeared almost everywhere. I headed west through Chandon and up towards the forest hoping to skirt it without meeting too many hunters. The fifteen minute picture shows just one of the many […]

Kiwis and Clementines*

Kiwis and Clementines*

Poured the little ones into the swimming pool for their weekly dose of water-themed mayhem and headed into town on foot through the low-rise apartment blocks. The blocks have recently been re-clad in some sort of half-hearted attempt at gentrification. They still look like low-rise apartment blocks, however and a few of the more stationary […]

Flaky door

Flaky door

I set off from the pavement on the bank of the Loire after the bridge with the intention of following the river upstream. After a couple of minutes of breathing in car exhausts from the rush hour traffic I changed course and followed a steep footpath uphill past this flaky door and The Page’s House […]