ARCHIVE - PHOTOS & THOUGHTS ON LIVING IN FRANCE

I have tired of this, possibly it was more for family that community so wasn't read that much - but here are all the images for the record.



I have recently come to France for an extended period and decided to regularly post some of the photos I take and those I process, with a few words of explanation.

Hopefully this will be interesting from various viewpoints and tell some kind of story - the photos will not necessarily be technically the best.



WEEK 27
Sunday 20 May 2018

Our first marché aux puces (Flea Market) of the year at Salornay sur Guye. In summer here are many opportunities for sellers to sell second hand goods from stalls in the fields. Each village has it's version of what the British would call a jumble sale and the Americans a boot sal


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Saterday 19 May 2018

Atmosphere music 


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at the Marche du Curieux at the Chateau in Bissy sur Fley.


from info-chalon.com
WEEK 25
Tuesday 1 May 2018


Lillies of the Valley and Champagne on Mayday!
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WEEK 24
Thursday 26 April 2018

The cherry trees have woken and the cherries are ripening


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Thursday 26 April 2018

Lunch in the suddenly colourful garden

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Monday 23 April 2018

Cutting the "grass" in the field

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WEEK 23

Wednesday 18 April 2018

I have been busy trying to spread the word on Bob Chuffins art, so haven't been posting here - will change some day.

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WEEK 22

Sunday 01 April 2018


The cows are out of the barns and the sun is shining


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Wednesday 28 March 2018

The handle on the gate to Le Gros Chigy's Mayor's garden.

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WEEK 21

Frday 23 March 2018

Get ready to see fire hydrants  in Bourgogne - or rather their backdrops.

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or even transformed versions thereof

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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Two shots of the same house from yesterday and  27 May 2008

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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Spring Equinox

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WEEK 20

Friday 16 March 2018

Mirror at a blind corner intersection in Chigy

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Thursday 15 March 2018

The Hanging Gardens of Chigy

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Wednesday 14 March 2018

Light, dark, highlights, shadows, reflections, shapes and texture.

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WEEK 19

Sunday 11 March 2018

Bread and Wine

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WEEK 20

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Light, dark, highlights, shadows, reflections, shapes and texture.

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WEEK 19

Sunday 11 March 2018

Bread and Wine

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Saterday 10 March 2018

Eurasian Blue Tit



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Wednesday 7 March 2018

Contrast

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Monday 5 March 2018

A simple salad on rustic tablecloth.

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Thursday 1 March 2018

Another pretty heavy snow fall overnight with minimum temperature around -10 C

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WEEK 17

Sunday 25 February 2018

Part of the colourful decor at Sunday dinner.

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10 DAYS IN PEGOMAS, AURIBEAU AND NICE


Have been away, busy and mainly without connectivity for a few weeks so have not been posting although still photographing. I will be adding quite a few photos in the order they were taken and may not identify dates or add comments until later.

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WEEK 13

Sunday 28 January 2018

The disused Cormatin station

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WEEK 12
Saterday 27 January 2018

Action at the bird feeder


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Saterday 25 January 2018

A rose by any other name

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Saterday 23 January 2018

Unidentified marking on a fence post opposite the entrance to the Medieval Gros Chigy Chateau

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Saterday 20 January 2018

A blackbird (actually a crow) on a grey day


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Friday 19 January 2018

The Hunchback of Gros Chigy


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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Processed on 17th using Photomatix, photographed on 11th January 2018.

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Tuesday 16 January 2018


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WEEK 11


Saturday 13 January 2018

The galette des rois is a cake traditionally shared at Epiphany, on 6 January. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem.

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Its a family occasion with the youngest going under the table to allocate the slices to those present as they are cut. The person who receives the slice containing a bean becomes the king for a day.


Le gâteau des rois, par Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1774 (musée Fabre, Montpellier)


Thursday 11 January 2018

Colour, texture & form on the road down from Le Bourge Rameau

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Sunday 7 January 2018

Eurasian Blue Tit - Mésange bleue - Cyanistes caeruleus in The House at Le Gros Chigy garden.

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from oiseaux,net


Sunday 31 December 2017


New Year's Eve Aperitif

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WEEK 10

Friday 29 December 2017

Trees
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Monday 25 December 2017

Out on Boxing Day (not in France) to work off the excesses, a walk around Le Bourge Rameau and

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Le Gros Chigy.

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Monday 25 December 2017

Sunny Christmas evening, after many grey days

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WEEK 9

Sunday 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve

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Saturday 23 December 2017

Trees on the horizon just outside Taize

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Thursday 21 December 2017

Filling up

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Wednesday 20 December 2017

Looking at some of yesterdays photographs, before my battery went flat and I took to the iPad.


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Tuesday 19 December 2017

iPad, BrushStrokes and PhotoCollage make the 20 minute wait in the Tournis parking parking lot productive.

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WEEK 8

Sunday 17 December 2017


Small villages host markets through the year including the Christmas market which becomes a place to buy artisanal gifts for Christmas, drink Gluhwein and meet with fiends and Father Christmas on his quad.

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Tuesday 12 December 2017

In the supermarket in Macon today, I came across this amazing new gadget - I hope Ernő Rubik got his cut!

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Buy the cube, run the free app and show your phone the cube and it will give you move by move instructions on how to solve the rubric cube! Does this just sound like Juicero or is it symptomatic of how much tech is getting out of hand?


WEEK 7


Sunday 10 December 2017

A nice cool start for a cold winters day

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and then something to warm us for the road home.

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Saturday 9 December 2017

Johnny Halliday's memorial service and the Telethon vied for place on the Eiffel Tower over the weekend.


more of the Guardian's photos of the funeral by clicking the image
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While in Burgundy it was trying to snow, after some quite harsh wind and snow the night before when we were at the Saint Andre Telethon.



Tuesday 5 December 2017

Although out photographing trees, this house with a light in the lounge deserved an HDR shot. By the way the chromatic aberration on the roof doesn't show on larger versions of the image.


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Monday 4 December 2017

These emailed, printed and mounted photographs with 3 display modes, makes good birthday gifts.

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WEEK 6

Sunday 3 December 2017

The start of a celebration


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The end of the celebration


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Saturday 2 December 2017

The white Charolais cattle to the right of the chateau are not that white against the snow.


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Apparently their "optimum operating temperature" is 5ºC so they can't be too unhappy at this just below zero.

Friday 1 December 2017


The first snow to the year, started falling on Thursday evening leaving this view in the morning.
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Wednesday 30 November 2017

I have been looking at this too much over the past few days!


from GOOGLE pictures
Yes my computer simply stopped starting up but was slow and stuttering as it tried. That left me spending hours with unreasonable expectations that status indicator might make it to the end, which in turn meant that there wasn't a regular flow of photos and thoughts here.


WEEK 5

Sunday 26th November


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Friday 24 November 2017

The first oranges of the year from Corsica were sold on Tuesday

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Wednesday 22 November 2017

As well as an amazing 92 year old enjoying her share of the cake, and the illustration on the side of the cake was eye-catching. The illustration was on a ribbon of "sponge cake" that formed the edge of the cake, was edible and in the texture of the cake. I assume this must have been done with some kind of edible ink printer.

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Tuesday 21 November 2017

A view of trees in the mist at 09:00 from the dining room window.
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More or less the same view at 11:00.
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Monday 20 November 2017

Playing with photos

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WEEK 4

Sunday 19 November 2017

Photos from past 19ths of November.
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Saturday 18 November 2017

For lunch today we had this wine which was only fermented for a few weeks and released for sale two days ago.

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I know that because it is a Beaujolais Nouveau
Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. Wikipedia

Friday 17 November 2017

If there are no autumn colours on the trees is it winter?

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Thursday 16 November 2017

Burgundy Doors - this is one of the doors facing the Main Street through Chigy, a few houses up the hill.

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Wednesday 15 November 2017

This morning Florian's temperature station showed an outside temperature of -1,9°C at around 8 o'clock on this frosty morning - not snow yet as the second image shows. By the way the inside temperature looks high because the station was over the heater, its normally 18° to 19° inside.

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Tuesday 14 November 2017

Did you know?

from GOOGLE
today is the 131st anniversary of the invention of the hole punch!


Monday 13 November 2017

My lunch plate today held some foods that confirm I am in France, sort of - makes an interesting photo anyway.

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Best Photo of last week?


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WEEK 3

Monday 6 November 2017

Bread, cheese and wine - as a food processing person each has points of interest.

Bread is the base of eating in France - there is always bread on the table. It is bought, most often from the local bakery, at least once a day. Go to the bakery at 7:00 o'clock and you will be amazed by the cars arriving to pick up the breakfast loaf, even in the land of the croissant.

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Tuesday 7 November 2017

Chose this morning, probably the coldest so far, to go to Saint Bonnet de Jour

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the dashboard tells the story of inside and outside.

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Wednesday 8 November 2017

Often, behind the bright and charming stone built houses of a Burgundy village sits a not so perfect side, especially on a cold misty day.

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Thursday 9 November 2017

With the amount of sage flourishing in the garden we should be happy, regular, alert and healthy.

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Friday 10 November 2017

This is not one of my pictures, but a pretty ordinary photograph with an amazing story. At first glance this looks like "Mad dogs and Englishmen" but on reflection its much deeper than that.

image from bbc.co.za


This shows Rob Herd placing one of the 19 240 shrouded figurines he has hand made to mark the British and Allied deaths on the first day of the first world war Battle of the Somme. This brings home the tragedy of the first world war and shows us how far we have progressed and how we have changed our moral views in just a few generations. Each figurine is hand made by the artist and linked to a specific, named soldier.

As if this is not enough, Rob Herd has now decided to rather make a shrouded figurine for each of the 72 396 British soldiers killed, whose bodies were never recovered.

We should just remind ourselves that a total of more than one million one hundred thousand soldiers died in the Battles of the Somme - an inconceivable number today.


Saturday 11 November 2017

Sitting down in front of our new Orange TV decoder, I was looking forward to during the Springboks taking on the Irish.

I was to loose in two ways - first the decoder was unable to give a consistent picture, so I had to give up watching

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The second that my team was thoroughly beaten by 4 tries to none - a record beating!


Friday 10 November 2017

The pendulum clock at the House at Le Gros Chigy died of a broken spring today, I miss the swing and click of the pendulum.

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I put research and thought into posing the clock for the above photo. As you may have noticed watches and clocks are often set at 10 to 10 (a way to remember 10210 is the Telkom enquiries number). Did you hear this was because it was when JFK and Lincon were assassinated, the first atomic bomb was dropped or Zuma born? All are wrong as its simply chosen to make the device look at their  best.  Symmetric hand positions are thought to look better, times like 20 to 4 look like a frown and times with hands at the top like 5 to 1 would cover the logo - so 10 to 10.

But the clock without a logo and with ornate hats that confuse seems to be to look best at 14 to 1.



WEEK 2

Monday 30 October 2017

Stone is a big part of the Burgundy landscape. When farms were established in the area the local stone was used, both to build houses and buildings and to separate fields. The stone varies in colour across the area and makes interesting textural shots. this is the greyer stone and shows that these old walls are often dotted with plants which enhance the photo.


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Tuesday 31 October 2017

While packing to leave, I came across a copy of the Asimov Foundation trilogy and made the reading of this again after 46 years (I don't remember much) a goal of settling in to France. I am now tempted by the complete, free reading of the trilogy on line but will probably stick to my goal!

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Wednesday 1 November 2017

Today is All Saints' Day, also known as the Feast of All Saints, is celebrated every year on November 1 by the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Orthodox churches.

Families visit cemeteries and lay flowers on their graves, as the photo of the Salornay sur Guye shows.

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Saturday 4 November 2016

Great food on a great day? Counting the French way allows one to avoid the 70s - sixty ten, sixty eleven .......

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Saturday 5 November 2016

Guy Fawkes is not that big in France, so I went on line to see what they had in the UK. There were not many interesting images in a Guy Fawkes image search besides this one.

Photo: Umit Bektas/REUTERS]
Which is in fact a photo taken in Turkey that alerted me to the link between what I had identified as the anonymous mask and the Guy Fawkes mask that arose through V for Vendetta.

Sunday 6 November 2016

The morning mist, that some see as a real negative of Salornay sur Guy, makes an interesting photo as it clears in early morning.


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I normally don't use black and white as I don't feel it often improves the image. In this case, the lifting morning mist picture above, it did. A simple black and white conversion out of the Apple Photos box definitely improves the view.

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WEEK 1

Tuesday 24 October 2016

On the flight out of South Africa the uninteresting view of screens and seats lends itself to graphic treatment

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Wednesday 25 October 2017



The cobwebs on the door to the cellar of The House at Le Gros Chigy in Burgundy proved that no one had entered since we were last here several months ago.




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Thursday 26 October 2017



The Cherry Trees had however changed from bearing ripe red fruit to dropping autumn leaves on the grass.


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Friday 27 October 2017



There is still colour as autumn as this Superphoto processed shot of a bunch of dahlias shows.


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Saterday 28 October 2017



Detail of the autumn leaves of the cherry trees.


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Sunday 29 October 2017

Its not always bright and clear in Burgundy! the vey high ISO I used in this shot added to the dreariness and greyness of the view from the living area. You have probably seen similar views on the blog which are bright and clear.

Is this just the sign of the winter to come? or was it the time change that happened during the night?

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