Flooded lake

Flooded lake

The Loire crossed over the cycle path into the lake this week. I could see it from the road as I drove back from Tours a few days ago. I decided to go and check it out this morning. There is an embankment on either side of the path usually but today the level of […]

Donkeys don’t eat rubbish

Donkeys don’t eat rubbish

Doesn’t time fly when you’re not getting out and about enough. I have excuses for last weekend. Vigorous gardening kept me out of doors and moving about but not walking fifteen minutes in any one direction and not taking any pictures. Today I was down by the Cher again. It has burst its banks since […]

One and a half minutes of sunshine

One and a half minutes of sunshine

Dragged the family out of its screen-and-food-over-indulgence-induced stupor onto the muddy path at the back of the house, down the lane to the main road and onwards to the lake. Storm Carmen has brought us mild temperatures but some strong wind. The surface of the lake was very choppy. We turned back after about twenty […]

Springy New Year’s Eve

Springy New Year’s Eve

A decidedly springy winter’s day today. The sun’s out and coats are optional. After yesterday’s urban street art I was inspired by this protruding tube. This is more rural lane art. I am nonetheless rather pleased with myself. For the last fifteen minute post of the year here is a bonus. A rather gnarled old […]

Food Substitute Assembly Line

Food Substitute Assembly Line

An old friend from Paris was in Tours for the Christmas show at the Grand Theatre. He was tap dancing in a French production of My Fair Lady. I wonder how “In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen” was rendered in Molière’s language. I also wonder how tap-dancing can be relevant but hey, […]

In Limbo

In Limbo

I had some important admin to deal with so I phoned up the relevant department. It costs 12 cents a minute to talk to someone but it saves driving an hour, round trip, on the off chance that someone might be available to help in a branch office in Tours. A helpful lady listened to […]

Not Wearing Lycra

Not Wearing Lycra

Today we walked around in the forest that provides the covering for the underground A14 motorway. The locals sped past us on their mountain bikes or in their running shoes, looking serious and intense. They had that look about them that people dressed in Lycra have (some of my walking companions were also wearing it […]

Christmas Cone

Christmas Cone

Here at Fifteen Minutes we have pulled out all the stops to bring you seasonal blog content. Look at this Christmas tree-shaped cone! How Christmassy can you get? Our Christmas day walk in Chambourcy is, of course, the nostalgic Muddy Walk. There is a new feature on the Muddy Walk now in the form of […]

V

V

A cryptic V at the fifteen minute point, a stone’s throw from the Prefecture in Tours. I happened to be chewing on a supermarket triangle sandwich. It had a bite missing and so also looked like a V. I hope this doesn’t announce the arrival of the Reptilians* – we’re five shopping days away from […]

Bouffant Purple Sports Trousers

Bouffant Purple Sports Trousers

In Bléré for an English lesson this afternoon so I thought I’d take a walk along the cycle path along the river Cher past the rowing club. I tried rowing once there with an acquaintance and immediately realised it was a mistake. I had thought that the calm of the river and teamwork and coordination […]