Seasonal changes

It’s been a busy summer for me with exhibitions, the B&B and the gite etc, things are calming down a bit now.  I installed my last exhibition of the year,  a 4 day group expo in Brantôme, a beautiful town about an hour north from us, often called the Venice of the Perigord,  which is…

Rocmadour revisited.

It’s 26 years since we visited Rocamadour,  so for my birthday treat we had a grand day out in April. When it normally rains that day, the sun shone on me for once! Photographs don’t give it justice, it’s a stunning place.  Climbing the clock tower and out on to the promontory,  gazing  out at…

A triple haiku: an Ode to Hospital Food

I have a very dear friend in hospital at the moment, and having been by her bedside whilst food was served, I felt motivated to write an Ode to Hospital Food. Well… if Rabbie Burns can write an Ode to a Haggis, then that’s inspiration enough for me! One expects French hospital food to follow…

Winter Solstice draws near.

Although we shall see the arrival of Winter Solstice in a few days and mornings are heavy with frost, come noon, day after day we’ve been bathed in glorious glaring sunshine, the cristal clear light streams through windows with unforgiving brilliance, equally the cloudless nights are brimming with mystical moonlight, while the eerie shapes in the landscape cloak themselves…

Happy New Year to All

Our Merry Christmas, we had a lovely time with friends, sorry the photos are a bit blurred , but then so were we!! The “turkey”, (a nut roast wrapped in flaky pastry), not my most successful looking one, but time was short! The tree decorated with the colourful wooden characters I’ve had for years now, there are…

Temps Forts Theatre

Continuing with the theatre theme of the last blog:  last week we visited a very interesting exhibition of theatre costumes in a local gallery. They belong to Temps Forts, a small theatre company of two or three performers and a couple of technicians. Inspired by Indonesian theatre, they spent some of the year there, then…

Autumn visits

After a few days visiting friends at their house by the Midi canal, and others in the Aveyron region, I am left with fond memories of wining, dining and chatting alfresco in the intense autumn sunshine, of wandering round Narbonne, long walks along the canal, strolling round local villages and viewing the new sights; the…