This page shows a gallery of some of my pictures that I’ve used in my blog. Why don’t you stay awhile and have a look around…… (Scroll down for a list of popular photo blog posts)
Black locust ~ Robinia pseudoacacia
About to go over the edge – snowboarding in the Alps
and finally arriving here in the middle of France – home for now…
Young hares can be spotted in the early morning
My favourite pendant with lots of sentimental value and very fond memories of my New Zealand days…
Lichen on the pond jetty
But first a stop in the mountains and lakes of the beautiful Jura region
The ancient covered marketplace in Charroux
Lavender products for sale in a Provence market
Another lovely addition to the hedgerow
I can’t wait for these buds to blossom
Watching the kids splash around in the miroir d’eau in the warm evening
Beautiful and delicate star-shaped blossoms
with walks in the eerie winter mists of the Monts Lyonnais
The cross stands tall before ominous skies
Gentle catkins just hanging around
Five steps to sleep
Beautiful walking country in the pyrenean foothills
Charlemagne tower is almost all that remains of the monastery in Charroux where the “brain” of Richard the Lionheart was buried in 1199!
and a quick stop to visit family and the marshland and big skies of my youth
Springtime saw river swimming in the wilds of Languedoc
and day-trips to the snowfields of the Alps
Mushroom collecting. Be careful not to get any yellow stingers in with your haul of horse and field mushrooms or your dinner will end up in the bin. Don’t ask me how I know this!
Can’t get out of the winter fug? Did you know that essential oils may help lift your mood?
Gorse blossom is a delight to see on these grey days
The snail journeys over the dew-drenched grass
The ancient village of Lescun surrounded by the peaks of the Pyrenees
Caught this image of a happy little hoverfly today on an early dandelion
Mooching around in my wellies, doing a spot of gardening
Collecting shiny new conkers (horse chestnuts) which make a great potion for varicose veins!
Lovely tangy homemade lemon curd
Lavender and rosemary – two beautiful and versatile oils to use in aromatherapy
Admiring the waves at Le Grand Cohort
Making quince and apple chutney from the many wild fruit trees around here. The fruit is just left to rot on the floor which seems such a waste when it can be turned into yummy chutney!
Picking elderberries to make elderberry jam – not to everyone’s taste I have to admit, but lots of fun in the making.
These are typical farm buildings in this area
Taking an early morning walk when the cobwebs are covered in dew and the sun is still low in the sky.
The best way to get around Bordeaux in this weather is bicycle
I spent a lot of time lying on the ground under the tree canopy trying to hold on to the last of the warm weather and to absorb the quiet and stillness of this place.
Yes, I have legs. My favourite skirt and wellie combo
then homeward bound for my birthday – spent camping on a farm in North Wales
The old apple tree lights up in the last rays of sunlight
Pyrenean horse and foal
I love the sunlight on this blossom
The bees just love the lavender
Detail of the beautiful stone carving on Civray Church
Gently does it
Private land is fenced off to walkers and hunters
The brutal Atlantic meets the Basque coast
The mystical hare in motion
Sunset over the Dordogne from the lovely town of Bergerac
Basil is a wonderful essential oil to use when feeling stressed and in need of mental clarification
Walking part of the Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle
Lavandula angustifolia, sometimes called true lavender, has many uses in aromatherapy
My favourite herbal infusion of fresh lavender, chamomile, peppermint and lemonbalm (melissa)
The lizard hides under a stone to keep cool
Picking stinging nettles and making lovely nettle soup, full of goodness that will give your immune system a boost before winter sets in.
The beautiful old and now slightly lopsided church in Charroux
It’s not often you see a leaf just standing there, perfectly upright in the middle of the path
Eating breakfast outside in the last of the warm weather, scrambled eggs on toast with good, strong coffee!
We shared a bottle of cava to celebrate our year here and to toast things to come.
Seed pots – one row of peppers and two rows of aubergines
Wild primroses give the hedgerows some colour
Ox-eye daisy ~ Leucanthemum vulgare
Lavender hot chocolate ~ delicious!
Little reminders of Autumn walks…
Charroux and the Charlemagne Tower
Early Purple Orchid ~ Orchis mascula
Tall trees and sand dunes on the Atlantic coast
This huge crane is part of the renovation of the public swimming pool in Civray
The start of the year was spent in freezing, snowy Lyon
Ice on the pond
Five festive scents
Sheep are traditionally herded through the town of Laruns
before heading back to France along the wild and winding rivers of the Loire
Drinking tea in the early morning shadows
Making a woodpile for the long and arduous (according to French farmers) winter ahead.
I’ve never seen this magical transformation before
Collecting leaves to make into compost – a good soil improver or mulch.
The imposing church in Civray
The Grande Dune du Pilat (the biggest sand dune in Europe) towers above the adjacent forest
Hawthorn blossom smells just like spring
Cycling in the late afternoon sun – long shadows and warm autumn colours.
Over the rainbow
Enjoying some local food and wine at the Bo Bar
Fresh homemade lemon curd on toast – delicious
My reflection through an old window with cobwebs galore
Enjoying the good weather at Lacanau beach
July also meant fond farewells to Lyon and on to pastures new
This beautiful but empty old house is left to crumble behind these gates
Clover is everywhere right now
The lovely spring daffodil
View of the front of Civray Church in the fading sunlight
In denial? Try a little self acceptance.
Old cart wheels are often used as decoration now
Fields are full of corn
Street cafe in the handsome city of Pau
The barn braces itself against the winter weather
and summer saw the excitement of watching the tour de France come through Lyon
The cows graze in the field next to the house
Watching the sun set over the Atlantic
Cameras used: Sony Cybershot DSC-T9 and Nikon D3200
Here are some of my popular photo blog posts:
A visit to Saint Émilion
Hello autumn my old friend
Life in the bubble
One week in July
Feels like summer
Bordeaux in pictures
Friday photo – name that plant
The wilds and wonders of southwest France
Why spring equinox is the perfect time to bake a tangy lemon cake
Feels like spring
As I walked out
A sunny afternoon
2013 – my year in pictures
Feels like winter
Elizabeth’s top ten autumn activities
Hello, it’s me