Cones and Swans

Cones and Swans

Another walk around Saint Ouen. Or not, as it turns out. This time I crossed the Seine onto the island of Saint Denis and then crossed the Seine a second time to change towns and departments at the same time. From Saint Ouen in Seine Saint Denis I crossed into the Hauts de Seine into […]

Early Morning Obscenity

Early Morning Obscenity

I got up obscenely early today. So early I’m pretty sure it was in fact really late. I’m in Saint Ouen for a couple of days work with the folk at Blackout. I arrived almost three hours early, at about ten past seven, so I walked down the road from where I parked in front […]

A Cat

A Cat

Yes, a cat. That’s about as good as it gets for today. I hope you will concede that it’s a fine example of a cat and it’s definitely showing off its most handsome profile. Something about it makes me think of Whistler’s mother. If you don’t know what I mean get yourself to the Musée […]

Curry?

Curry?

I have been getting sidetracked doing stupid things like work instead of getting out on my legs and taking pictures of limited interest and writing short passages of extreme mundanity. So, camera slung around my neck, I strode off from the school drop-off this morning toward the river to see what I could see. In […]

Saint Denis

Saint Denis

Walking up the rue Bretonneau I got a shot of Saint Denis’ church, an edifice built in the 11th century, through a gate that is usually shut. We’re having some lovely weather here and the streets are full of grockles. Not as much as Monday when the whole of France descended on the fabulous and […]

Quite pleasant in Nice

Quite pleasant in Nice

Spending a few days in Nice to see the sea and get away from it all. As you can see I refrained from the rather clichéd heading of Nice in Nice and I’m sure you’re thanking me for it. I, rather bravely, took a dip in the bay at the foot of Villefranche sur Mer […]

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 […]