From 22°C to -1°C

autumn 2015 Beaulieu

Autumn dawn in the chestnut grove


From 22°C last week and glorious sunshine, through several days of grey to today… again glorious sunshine but -1°C.  Yesterday after a brief conversation with my neighbour which went along the lines of “Its cold today” “yes but at least it’s not raining”…  I carried on the morning walk with Siena to see a beautiful rainbow (ending at our house, but I still haven’t found the pot of gold) with a very dark backdrop and shortly followed by a deluge that had both myself and Siena sheltering in a woodshed. Deciding to carry on, Siena, who is usually busy chasing birds and the like just sat down and just looked at me with an expression that clearly said “Take me home, NOW”. Rain and wind meant a wintry return home – thank heaven winter is at least short.

autumn 2015 Beaulieu Rainbow




Some time ago I entered a photo competition with three themes; Scenes of Life, Countryside and Heritage. My heritage entry has been shortlisted (from over 200 down to 30), public voting will decide which three (one from each category) will win. As soon as voting starts I’ll let you know the link. There was an opening or “vernissage” (not that any photos were varnished!) that we went along to. The attenders were mostly the participants and all were French (ok this is France after all but at least 35% local residents are English, though no so much in large town I guess). The occasion of the competition was to mark the joining of two regions or “Pays” (Pays de la Meteorite, and Pays de Vienne-Glane). There was a meeting of some few hundred residents as far as I could count once they exited the meeting and joined us photographers. I think the French have a greater sense of civic duty than the British, I don’t remember anything like those numbers at similar meetings in the UK. Anyway they were looking and voting for the entries in the completion so I am going to need your support. This is the photo…

Rochechouart -  2014-04-21T10:46:36

Rochechouart – 2014-04-21T10:46:36

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