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