Saturday, July 04, 2015

Cassis. Black currants.

Black currants galore this summer. This is what I had for breakfast, with a bit of cream.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Feeling Levin.

Anichkin, who had not done any mowing for a long while, and was disconcerted by the eyes fastened upon him, cut badly for the first moments... 

It then came back to me, both the technique and the enjoyment. A friend came to help with clearing the garden, he had a scythe, and I had a good go. My uncle, a forester, taught me how to mow with a scythe and explained how it worked. It also made me ‘feel Levin’, and I looked up the famous mowing scene (hay harvesting) in Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’, when Levin joins in with the muzhiks (Constance Garnett translation):

Tit made room, and Levin started behind him. The grass was short close to the road, and Levin, who had not done any mowing for a long while, and was disconcerted by the eyes fastened upon him, cut badly for the first moments, though he swung his scythe vigorously. Behind him he heard voices:
"It’s not set right; handle’s too high; see how he has to stoop to it," said one.
"Press more on the heel," said another.
"Never mind, he’ll get on all right," the old man resumed.
"He’s made a start... You swing it too wide, you’ll tire yourself out.... The master, sure, does his best for himself! But see the grass missed out! For such work us fellows would catch it!"

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Wisteria. Flight of the Bumblebee.

Wisteria in full bloom is swarmed by bumblebees. It had been a sad little bush until we replanted it a few years ago. Against a south-facing wall it shot up right to the roof.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Higher Power.

There is no photoshopping here, it's a real place in Normandy. A giant wind turbine and a stone cross seem to be having a debate.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Super Spring Tide (Grande Marées) at Mont Saint Michel.

On Saturday, 21 March 2015, the French Grand Ouest (West France) was bashed by a super high spring tide, an event that happens when the Moon passes closest to the Earth on its elliptic orbit. They say it was the grand marées du siecle — spring tide of the century, with tidal waves going as high as a four-story house.

Here is a selection of photos by Joke Reijnders (the Netherlands) who went to see the event firsthand with the family. None of hers got washed away.

However, news reports say at least two people died when they approached the sea too close. See more photos of this event and other pictures of Normandy on her blog In Normandië (text in Dutch).

Friday, March 20, 2015

La Poste, a Rural Composition.

On the side of a small rural road, I spotted this clever contraption.

Why bother with putting up a permanent pole for your postbox? An old chair with the box tied to it with a piece of string will do just as well.

The house itself is about a hundred metres down the lane.

(Domfront area, l'Orne)

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