Sunday, February 28, 2016

Standing In Glory

A little Sunday color from the beautifully restored church in the village of Seuzac. St. Joan of Arc stands in glory.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It All Begins at the Chateau

For the past couple of weeks I've been working on a piece of fiction for my Parisot Writing Group. We'll meet in April for an all-day critiquing session, each of us submitting  up to 2000 words for critique by our colleagues. I've started a time-slip story that brings three people from different eras in time to this place: the Chateau at Cenevieres. The Chateau is located just down the road about 20 minutes from where I live. It's fascinated me since I first toured it in 2009; I'm especially intrigued by its alchemy room which became the inspiration for my story.

It's fun to imagine my characters walking along this balcony or peering out the tall shuttered windows.

Perhaps they were marched across this grassy interior courtyard by the Lord's guards on their way from the dungeon to meet the Chateau's owner?

Perhaps the Lord himself watched from this tower for the trio's return from the quest he's sent them on? I think it's time for another visit to the Chateau. For research purposes, of course!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Early Signs

It's a bit lighter in the morning when I open the shutters. There's more birdsong at dawn. The wild plums are beginning to blossom. I even heard frogs last week on my morning walk. I'm sure they've buried themselves in the mud again, though, as we've some nights below freezing since then.
Daffodils are popping out along with hyacinth and a few dandelions....
 I found this beauty in a protected corner of my garden!
Spring is on the way.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


The rain clouds cleared enough for Lucie and I to get a walk in this morning. The bad news is that more rain is predicted later today and tomorrow.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Beauty of the Earth?

12 February 2016
It's easy to extol the beauty of the earth on bright, blue sky days. But on days like this, it's a bit more difficult. It's been raining most days since the beginning of the new year. The farmers love it, but I'm a little weary of gray, wet days, puddles of rainwater and a very muddy, high and fast-flowing river below me.
Saujac through the mist

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Birds on a Wire
Today is the first day of Lent. I'm participating in an online Lenten retreat offered by Abbey of the Arts called "Earth as Original Monastery" During the next forty days I will be exploring Creation in various ways including contemplative walks and photography. These birds on a wire seemed to offer a bit of divine presence on one of my morning walks through the village.  I'll occasionally be sharing some of the other photographic 'gifts' I receive between now and Easter.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Rendezvous in Paris

Thru the Pyramid
The Louvre Paris
September 2009
Through the magic of Facebook, my niece, Elaine and I have been planning a rendezvous in Paris. When she asked if I wanted to meet her there for a couple of days in June, I couldn't say 'yes' fast enough! She'll be finishing up a whirlwind tour of Europe with a whirlwind tour of Paris. Two days isn't long, but it will give her a taste of the City of Light, and I predict that she'll love it! She's booked her tour and her flight out of Orly to London; I've booked the favorite cheap-o place on the Left Bank just 'round the corner from Shakespeare & Co. Now I'm just counting the days!