The Caramy Gorges

April 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
When I first arrived in Provence I asked “where is the countryside?” The garrigue can be a harsh, inhospitable environment, dry and mineral. Only with time and the experience of the seasons have I come to appreciate its hidden and delicate beauty. The spring storms, spectacular in themselves, bring the rain that causes an incredible floral diversit...
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Still life with Pears

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
One of my all-time favourite photographs is “Ripening pears” by Sam Abell. He describes it in his book Seeing Gardens: “Some of the gardens that mean the most are impromptu arrangements, like this still life of pears on a windowsill in Moscow. This garden came into being casually, existed for a day of two, and vanished – in this case it was eaten....
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As the Crow Flies

March 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
There is an old quarry of Breccia stone on the southern face of the Sainte-Victoire. The marbled surface of the conglomerate material was previously used to adorn mantelpieces and the floors of Aixois homes. There is a spot where crows nest in a cavity of the rock face. They generally get on with their crow activity, with much toing and froing and...
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Les Pierres Civières

February 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Les Pierres Civières or from stone walls (imagined or fantasised) to imaginary megaliths (lighter and more fanciful) I came across “les pierres civières” in the Creuse, in the most central (and yet most isolated!) part of France, by chance. The site, marked on the map with an orientation table, aroused my curiosity enough to make a fifteen-minute...
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Something there is that doesn't love a wall

January 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Mending Wall Robert Frost, 1874 - 1963, awarded a United States Congressional Gold Medal, "In recognition of his poetry, which has enriched the culture of the United States and the philosophy of the world". Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And ma...
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