Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers

The snow that I posted about last week has finally melted, our broadband connection has been reinstated, and things are pretty much back to normal here. I did use the few days of being snowed in wisely, catching up with some reading, and completing some new jewellery designs. The first are these poppy pendants and … Continue reading Latest Designs: Poppy Flowers

Bridge

I had never been to Berwick-upon-Tweed before we moved to Northumberland, but it has quickly become one of my favourite places to visit. It is just south of the English/Scottish border, and its layout and architecture, featuring town walls, ramparts, and barracks buildings. reflect the troubled history of the two kingdoms, On a less martial … Continue reading Bridge

Focus: Belle

I have been taking care of my friend's dog Belle for the past week. She's a lovely, good-natured dog, full of energy and constantly on the move. As a result, she's not easy to photograph. This is a rare picture of her posing very nicely for the camera. The secret of getting her to sit … Continue reading Focus: Belle

Grahy 2010

Some photographs from 2010, when we first bought our house here in Grahy.

750 metres

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This is the house as we first saw it in July 2010. It was all very overgrown!

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The interior of the main house was used as a studio by the past owner and their many artworks.

We finally signed the Act de Vente just before Christmas and this time the area looked a bit different…

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The interior looks a bit bare and featured the original open plan and open to the lounge bathroom and toilet. But we managed to get a good fire going.

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We closed the house up and returned to the UK. Little knowing that the worst winter in many years was about to hit France.

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coping with august

Although it has not been as consistently hot and dry as last summer, we have had several spells of very high temperatures this year. We're just coming to the end of what will hopefully be the final week of temperatures in the mid to high 30s centigrade. I know I shouldn't complain about fine weather, … Continue reading coping with august

auvergne landscapes: tournesols

This summer is the first time we have seen fields of sunflowers growing so near to us. These beauties are growing on a sunny slope just outside the village of Chirac, in the Allier Valley. They have certainly benefitted from the sort of weather more commonly found further south, as we've had a very hot … Continue reading auvergne landscapes: tournesols

news from the workshop: re-discovering copper

There comes a point every summer when all of the colour seems to have been bleached from the landscape, and I start to long for the rich, deep tones of autumn. I think I've pretty much reached that point. We're having a mini heatwave here, the hay has all been cut and baled, and the fields … Continue reading news from the workshop: re-discovering copper