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 […]

Mystery Photo

Mystery Photo

What could it be? If you have an idea, send your answer to Mrs Wobblehat of Rowley Regis; don’t forget to include a stamped addressed envelope so that she can get back to you with a prize of non tangible things like respect and appreciation. Alternatively you could leave a comment which will leave you […]

Alternative Millstone Application

Alternative Millstone Application

They have promised us some disruption in the weather today coming from the east. I think that means more rain. School drop-off duties dealt with I stepped out sharpish as it was still bright and sunny. On the road to Chandon a white minibus slowed down behind me. I turned around with a half-formed scowl […]

Symmetry in the Cemetery

Symmetry in the Cemetery

How’s that for a title? You come across strange symmetries in all kinds of places. We went to visit some folk in one of the cemeteries in Tours today. Flowers were placed. Thoughts were collected. Then we moved on. This place is particularly big. In fact, I discovered today that it’s a lot bigger than […]

Bad Tractor Day

Bad Tractor Day

Took a bike ride into the forest on the cycle path. Unsurprisingly there is water everywhere after a few, almost solid, months of rainfall. There was a dried up pond last time I went this far into the forest which is now really wet, or full; whatever. As I approached I disturbed a large cormorant […]