Flesh-eating Yokels

Flesh-eating Yokels

At last, a ray of sunshine. I dashed outside and headed for the forest hoping to capture sunlight piercing through the branches or something. The result is a little more like the aftermath of a zombie attack in The Walking Dead. I exaggerate but the branches and logs lying around look a bit like body […]

Shaggy Goat Story

Shaggy Goat Story

A family outing to the Grandes Fontaines this afternoon. We love coming here. I think it’s being exposed to the great, enormous, vast expanse of sky. The Grandes Fontaines is a curious little sanctuary of dry grasslands most notable for its several species of wild orchid. Our walk takes us along a little river valley, […]

Resistance is useless

Resistance is useless

It had been snowing for more than an hour this morning when I stopped resisting the urge to get out in it. It’s a lovely feeling squeaking through fresh snow when nobody else is about. I headed for the cycle path through the forest and saw no one at all. Delightful. The snowfall was driven […]

Gilded Atoll

Gilded Atoll

I went for a walk on the wonderful Island of Gold in Amboise today and it was truly magical with a light dusting of snow. Here is a snowy Château. I say a light dusting but the whole of France has ground to a halt. There are no buses, the schools are half empty, there […]

Fabulous Planes

Fabulous Planes

Plane bark The car needed an MOT so I took it to the place in Pocé on the Cisse. The guy in the shop took no notice of me when I walked in. He was talking car with another (more important) customer. As to be expected I was already in a sour mood. When they […]

Turbid Trekking

Turbid Trekking

Taking advantage of a dry spell this morning I took off uphill into the vineyards and the forest. It seems like it has rained constantly for at least six weeks. The ground is so gorged with water that even with my chunky waterproof walking shoes I slithered around like a duck on ice. It made […]

Too zoomy? So sue me.

Too zoomy? So sue me.

Just look at this chap. He was sitting on top of the electric lines on the railway bridge at Montlouis. What a fabulous zoom lens! Gargoyles and a seagull; Fifteen minutes is getting zoomier and zoomier. It stopped raining long enough for me to cross the bridge and flounder through the mud on the other […]

More flooded stuff

More flooded stuff

New camera in hand I set off along the Cher completely forgetting to put the fifteen minute timer on. I turned back only when the path disappeared under water. Before I got to this point I saw a lady walking two huge black hounds up ahead. As I approached I saw she was hunkered down […]

Grrrgoyles

Grrrgoyles

I have been griping about having no zoom to play with. Now I have a new toy with a great zoom lens and more functions than you can shake sticks at. Ten minutes of sunshine today afforded me the view of these gargoyles in the centre of Amboise and a chance to zoom to my […]

Naked Branches

Naked Branches

Today was very mild but also very rainy and windy. Unsurprisingly nobody wanted to come out with me for a walk down to the lake. The light was drab and dull. Today’s offering is a tree on Chandon Fountain Street. I thought it offered good contrast when there was little or no colour to be […]