Cheeky Lion

Cheeky Lion

Went to see Early Man at the cinema at Montrichard. Unfortunately it was in French. On the bright side I giggled almost all the way through; they somehow managed to translate some of the gags. Hurray for Nick Park and for not entirely atrocious French dubbing. Also on the bright side it was only 4€ […]

Affordable Fruit

Affordable Fruit

The fruit and veg man at the market gave us a special offer for half a dozen kiwis and six lemons. Instead of sixty-five Euros he gave them to us for six and a half. Delighted with such a great deal we took a short walk around the outside of the village past the sewage […]

Solitary Flip Flops

Solitary Flip Flops

Down to Old Port, on the Seine, for a family walk in the bitter cold. It’s absolutely beautiful weather but the wind is blowing straight from the Siberian Steppe. The tide is rising and a great big blue Dutch tanker is making the most of it ploughing upriver and ignoring the small boy and grown-up […]

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 […]