This is the view that currently greets me on leaving for work early in the morning. With the sun low in the sky coming through the trees and a touch of mist, having to go to work suddenly seems a little less arduous!
Whilst spring never really showed up this year, summer arrived with a bang at the beginning of July and doesn’t look set to end any time soon. The reliable good weather has been ideal for landscape photography, especially at sunrise. After all, it’s a little less painful to set the alarm for 5.30am when you’re confident that you’ll be rewarded with clear conditions. Continue reading Picture perfect Périgord Noir
Having lived in the Dordogne for just over a year now, I have become accustomed to seeing the old buildings, streets and monuments that give the area its distinctive character. I realised recently that this acclimatisation has gone so far as to have me ignoring some of the natural beauty around me. Continue reading A second look
One of the reasons I moved to the Dordogne was for the slower pace of life. When I lived in England, people seemed to be always on the run, desperate to try and do as many things as possible (either trying to make or spend money usually). This feeling was often re-inforced by the non-stop bombardment of advertisements encouraging such behaviour. Here, things seem a little different. People take time to look around them at their surroundings and sometimes just ‘be’. Continue reading Let sleeping cats lie?
The road leading to the bottom of our drive is a small but busy lane, bordered by a steep bank on one side. It runs from roughly east to west and therefore benefits from flattering early morning and late afternoon lighting. Continue reading Rural lane
Spring is well under way in the Dordogne and the varied, temperate climate here means that all plant life is sprouting vigorously. Continue reading The garden in spring
Earlier this year, my sister and brother-in-law bought a converted mill in the village of Cenac here in the Dordogne. The house is in need of renovation and Richard (my brother-in-law), has spent the last three weeks gutting the interior to prepare the way for the builders. Continue reading Renovation at Le Moulin