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