Monday, 20 February 2017

My pal Bok.



Sometimes when I look into his eyes, nothing else in the world matters.

Trump can build his walls, Corbyn can dream of Lenin, and LePen can jump off the Eiffel Tower. I couldn't give a monkeys'.

It's easy to think of dogs as just four legs, a nose, and a bottomless stomach, but they are very complex creatures. I'm sure that Bok understands that he's not one of us humans, but he knows his job and shows utter devotion to his extended 'pack'.

I was sitting with him yesterday morning, just before I took his photo, and I could feel a really strong relationship between us; stronger even that one might have with direct family. He looks at me with total confidence, and knows that, come what may, we'll make sure he's well looked after.

He's been in heaven with the boys here; they adore him too.

It'd be interesting to know exactly what goes on inside his head; but maybe not.

Better to remain 'Canine mystique'.




Sunday, 19 February 2017

Beautiful Villeréal.



I went into Villeréal, yesterday, to take photos of their amazing covered market building, but I'd forgotten that Saturday has been their market day since about 1265.


Anyway this is the best I could do. There were simply too many people about to take decent photos.


The covered market 'Halle' is unusual as it has two levels; hence the staircase. I hope  you can get some idea of its splendour.


There were also some rather nice old shop fronts in town.



I'll go again and take some better snaps another day. This (below) is what I was hoping to photograph.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Boo Boo; painter.




Already working on the portfolio for his application to The Royal College of Art.

Looks good to me!





Friday, 17 February 2017

Beautiful Monpazier.


I've been going to and from the airport like a Yoyo recently, so I thought I'd stop-off en route and take some snaps.

Our nearby town of Monpazier is the jewel in the crown of S W France.

Founded in 1285 by King Edward 1 of England, it is one of the better preserved Bastide towns in the whole of France.

Eleanor of Aquitaine lived here, as did Richard 11.

Do enlarge the photos; the town merits it.





If you visit in Summer, the streets are not so quiet!!




Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lucky Lady.



I just HAD to show you this.

St Valentine's Day gifts come in all shapes and sizes; some even look like Easter presents.

Luckily, Lady Magnon liked this one (amongst her other prezzies), and I think it will continue to be used.

Nice, isn't it!




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

3 Days in the life of an old wooden barn.


                               

Before the wind.

                               

During the wind.



After the wind.

Any more and the whole caboodle will come down.



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Christmas (again).



Christmas comes but twice a year (or more if we feel inclined).

What's the one thing you really don't need when preparing Christmas Dinner? That's it;... a bloody power cut!

With gale force winds lashing S W France on Sunday (and yesterday) it was almost bound to happen. The electricity failed just after lunch.

Luckily we have our wonderful wood-fired cooker 'George', so at 3.30 pm I fired him up, and the day was saved.

George is more designed for casseroles than roasts as his temperature control is a bit hit-n-miss, but all was OK. I have a small wooden wedge to hold open the oven door when the temperature gets too high, and extra logs are thrown into his belly when it drops. The Turkey roasted perfectly.

We also had a pleasant St Emilion Grand Cru, some of Lady Magnon's wonderful home made Cranberry sauce, and one of Prince Charles's Plum Puddings. All very nice.

We ate by candle-light (even though the power did eventually return).




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