weekly photo challenge: out of season

There is something very particular about small British seaside resorts out of season. All those closed souvenir shops and cafés, boarded-up beach huts,  deserted beaches and empty promenades conspire to give them an air of melancholy, of abandonment. They were built for sunny days and holiday crowds, for paddling children and inflatable beach balls and ice creams on the … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: out of season

monday verse: shells

From that gigantic bed of the sea Where darkness on time Begets pearl, monster and anemone Only shells come To chatter of emptiness, or lie Lovely as dumb. from Shells by Ted Hughes Another photo from our recent trip to the UK this week. We were staying on the coast, so of course a walk … Continue reading monday verse: shells

monday verse: flower in the crannied wall

Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower—but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is. Flower in the Crannied Wall by Alfred Tennyson We're just back from … Continue reading monday verse: flower in the crannied wall

UK road trip – East Coast

We're just back from a 10 day trip to the UK, our first since we moved to France two years ago. It was a bit of a whirlwind tour, with a lot of travelling, but lovely to visit friends and family in some of our old haunts. Our first stop was with my mother in … Continue reading UK road trip – East Coast