Monthly Archives: November 2010
Shots of architectural details taken at the Abbaye de Fontenaye in Burgundy. Textures (I think) look cool on these sorts of images.
Ii don’t know what it is about me, I just never seem to tire of worn and weathered. Yes, I think it’s wonderful when people take the time, money and energy to renovate places. However I gravitate to those forgotten corners and spaces, where we can capture a glimmer of times and lives past.
You know for the life of me I can’t remember where this is! I think it’s somewhere between the Dordogne and Burgundy, but I can’t be more exact. I also remember that there was a photo I wanted to take, but did not ask Bumpy to stop the car, and then really regretted it.
The top photo was of an Abbey that could be visited, but as usual we were there during lunch hour, so no luck.
Oh my! I got it! It was the abbey thing which got me going: this is in Burgundy: it’s the Abbey de Fontenay (website) – north west of Beaune and Dijon.
Whew! Now I know where I was! Well, I suppose since I’ve not really “been” there, it’ll have to be on my to-do list for next go-round “en Bourgogne”!
That first Fall when living in Paris I worked for a style/trend forecasting company in which several of us were not French. So when Thanksgiving rolled around we “anglo-phones’ pulled together a big traditional dinner for the whole staff, featuring a roasted turkey and of course all the trimmings. It was a festive meal, with more French wine flowing than cider!
Another year I was invited to a private dinner party by an American “neighbor” of mine in the Marais district (they had the most gorgeous apartment); it was a bit more “Thanksgiving-like” than the office party, but still was not up to par with the family gatherings I was raised with as a child.
The years go by, I’ve moved many times and Thanksgiving dinner has now become a distant memory for me. No need to feel sad, I just think it goes hand in hand with large family gatherings and since that is not my current life, big turkey dinners no longer fit in.
All that said, I am taking extra care to think about what I am thankful for today. So here goes: I am thankful for Chief Bumpy and my two fur-babies, that we are all healthy and have a nice “home” to be in. I am thankful for my family, closest friends and also for the new friends I am meeting thru this creative virtual world. There’s a lot more I am thankful for, but they remain in my private thoughts.
I think if I can focus on leading a simple life, not wanting too much and being patient, then it is easier and far more satisfying to realize that I can be greatfull for almost everything around me.
Enjoy your scrumptious dinners (save me some stuffing!) Enjoy the time you have together with family and friends. Wishing you all a wonderful day!
In my on-going Souvenir Foto School “FOOD + FOTO” challenge, today’s shoot was of “Topinambur” or Jerusalem Artichoke. I bought them just for the name! They are pretty versatile in cooking, sort of like potatoes. Except apparently you can heat your house after eating them, thanks to the extra gas!
Time does stop. Believe me, it can – you just have to look for it!
Funny how a year later I’m in a “home” not far from these dear friends of ours. They used to be our neighbors, became friends and now we consider them family. I am speaking of Jean and Yvette, not the chickens! But really, J & Y are salt of the Earth people: they have a “potager” (vegetable garden), heat their house with the wood that Jean cuts from year to year and Yvette cooks food for the fowl in a big heavy iron pot in the fireplace. They lead a good and simple quality of life.
This is the second week of Miss B’s Souvenir Foto School, for which our assignment over the next six weeks is to shoot food. I decided to take photos of vegetables that scare me – in other words, the ones I never want to buy at the market because I am totally clueless about what to do with them. Last week was Romanesco Brocolli, today it is Potimarron (mini pumpkins). I found a recipe to bake these jolly-looking little spheric creations, so I should be able to manage that. If you have any other suggestions, please drop me a line!
I thought this scene was reminiscent of an English pastoral scene, just waiting the big bad wolf to jump out of the woods to nibble on some lamb! Actually I took it up on the hills not too far from “home”, right here in the Dordogne.
Using my Flypaper Textures as below:
Raw Linen @ Overlay 44%
Raw Linen @ Overlay 100%
Dangerous Liaisons @ Multuply 89%
Sunflower Sky @ Overlay 86%
Ordinance Map @ Multiply 100%