Monthly Archives: September 2010
Last week we tried to visit a property for sale (I say “tried” because on all the doors there were multiple padlocks, with few of the keys corresponding!). A pity, as it could have become a terribly interesting and perhaps creepy tour: you see the place was an old convent turned into a summer camp (think large dorm rooms with metal bed frames). The English owner apparently felt so “chez lui”, he died of a heart attack in the adjoining cottage (shudder). I find it sad when houses are boarded or closed up, life is lingering only in ghosts and memories. We too turned away leaving it again abandoned, just like this rusty bike….
Photo textured with Flypaper Textures:
Colosseum Sienna – Hard Light 89% with layer mask to reveal
Sunflower Sky – Multply 30%
Elysium Overlay – 51%
Elysium Overlay – 51%
Elysium Overlay – 51% (yes, 3 layers the same!)
Backdrop – Multiply 42%
Backdrop – Softlight 100%
Background (Orig Photo)
Monday has arrived again (it never seems to fail thank goodness!) as cloudy Fall skies hang overhead.
At the same time I’m participating in additional challenges, thus todays image for Vicki of Simply Hue and her Creative Challenge Group. Vicki asked us to post “images which would inspire”. Vicki dishes out some pretty good creative brilliance herself, but now she’s turned the tables! So what do you think: is my image “inspiring”?
During our drive today thru the countryside and some sleepy villages, we stopped for a croissant-break. Whilst Bumpy went hunting for the “patisserie”, I shot the bridge. Lovely, non?
Using Flypaper Textures, from top layer to bottom:
Duplicate of background (photo) at Soft Light 32%
Raw Linen at Hard Light 100%
Apple Crumble at Multiply 74%
Did you know that the Perigord Noir is known not only for foie gras and truffles, but also for “Noix” – walnuts?
Soon the walnut groves will be harvested for the nuts themselves (currently still encased in smooth green outer-shells). They also make the most fragrant and savoury oil, excellent on salads and steamed vegetables.
when there’s a table covered with bowls of olives prepared a hundred ways for you to choose from,
when teas and herbs are scooped out with little shovels into simple paper bags,
when the selection of fresh fish is abundant,
and of course when you are willing to buy black fungus to eat with eggs!
Taken yesterday in Thenon, sadly, it’s a dying village…
I used Flypaper Textures in the following order from top to bottom:
Elysium in Overlay 80%
Lamp White Brush in Soft Light 17%
Burnished Clay in Hard Light 34%
Leaky Garret in Hard Light 81%
Background is the original image
And to think! In my “own” backyard I have a heart to greet me everyday! I don’t think they meant to cut out a “heart” per se, but it’s an easy sort of handle to push and pull the little door open into the barn where the cows used to live, a long time ago. Well, maybe it wasn’t that long ago. I learned that mains water only arrived in this hamlet in 1974! Imagine that….five whole years after man landed on the moon. Sheesh.
F is for “festival” or “fete” in French, of which I am not particularly feeling – perhaps it’s my annual Fall (“F” again) cold trying to find (“F” again) me. I have very little energy. Where is my pink bunny rabbit with drum?
If anyone is “following” (forget the “F”) me – then you’ll know that I’m participating in Souvenir Foto Schools’ month-long alphabet challenge, to which we have to post a photo-a-day, with a different letter, and we have only four “free” days. So far so good. And I’ve decided to do the alphabet in “order”. And I’ve decided to make it even more difficult by finding words in English and in French which are the same (since we’ve just arrived in La Belle France).
So there you go.
Demain c’est “G” – grace, generous, grammar…..?