Too Boring

Too Boring

I almost posted the picture I took at the fifteen minute point today. But it was too boring. I stopped exactly in front of Emmaüs, my favourite shop. It’s open twice a week and sells junk, loose ends, faded dead-peoples clothes, rusty bicycles, white elephants and other unmentionables. It’s a feast for the eyes and […]

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung and the grass is definitely riz. The birdy is round and about but not necessarily on the wing, which would be absurd in any case. Ask any one. Here you can see my fifteen minute walk took me no farther than the end of the garden. Repeatedly. The grass was riz and […]

A proper river

A proper river

It’s the Seine. A proper river as my mother says. Yes, it has tides, it’s navigable, deep and polluted. At this spot it doesn’t look like a river at all. I visited a few places along the Seine looking for a place to walk but I only found a dead buzzard. When I did find […]

Backyard Oasis

Backyard Oasis

In Normandy for the weekend. I couldn’t resist this magnificent garden, a stone’s throw from Mum and Dad’s barn. It’s really not very big but there’s so much going on. I’ve missed lots I’m sure but there’s lettuce, leeks, parsley, strawberries, Swiss chard, sorrel, spinach, roses, pansies, daffodils, primroses, tulips, hellebore; not to mention the […]

River Hawk

River Hawk

Now you know why I have been yearning for a zoom lens. Get a load of this chap! By my reckoning this is an osprey Pandion haliaetus, spotted in a dead tree on the banks of the Loire. I couldn’t stop the car anywhere near so I parked half a mile away and walked back […]

Magical Mysterious Mesland

Magical Mysterious Mesland

La Petite Cisse My regular appointment in Mesland, some beautiful weather, a camera in my bag; all the elements necessary for a reconnaissance mission. Check out these surprised looking faces all around the door into the church. They, all 27 of them (and their beards), have all been there for about 900 years apparently. Inside […]

Off to the seaside

Off to the seaside

On a gorgeous, sunny, spring, Easter morning I stepped out with my walking-down-by-the-lake kit in a backpack. As I walked around the far end of the lake on the cycle path multitudes of cyclists, in flashy, expensive-looking cycling clothes, whizzed past me. I stopped to sit on a rock in between the lake and the […]

Mystery Revealed

Mystery Revealed

Mrs Wobblehat of Rowley Regis is incommunicado. I’m worried that she has been drowned in a flood of letters containing replies to the mystery photo quiz (and stamped addressed envelopes!). The deluge of comments on the blog has not revealed a winner but I am committed to revealing the true nature of the object; hence […]

Snap it up

Snap it up

Newly arrived on the housing market in Amboise, a stone’s throw from the Clos Lucé, Leonardo DaVinci’s last home, this little jewel is just begging to be snapped up. Okay, parking facilities are a tad limited, and the windows might need cleaning. It may be a little awkward if you are more than four feet […]