Olympian antidote and a LEMP stack

So here is an antidote to the Olympics. It’s been a very sporty year what with the Euros and now the Olympics with Wimbledon in between (I think). However my ignorance of all three knows no bounds, if I cared I could find out who won but I don’t. Its is hard to avoid the Olympics though and Delia looks at the medal tables occasionally. I did catch a few minutes of synchronised diving but otherwise this (non) sporting life continues.

I have (more or less) finished creating an interesting web site recently. I got the opportunity to design logos and add photography with an almost open brief. The main business focus was a Chambre d’Hote just across the border in the Dordogne. I visited to take some interior shots and some of the local scenery. The actual room they are renting out is more like a small gite, a very compact room with a bath and a minstrels gallery. A perfect little honeymoon retreat. I had planned to take some shots of villages and houses but got lost in the views of sunflowers, vineyards and fields. The views there are more open than here. The Perigord Vert, where we live, is a fairly heavily wooded region, there are fields of crops and pasture but somehow the Charente and Dordogne to the west of us is more open rolling countryside, perhaps slightly flatter so the views are more distant. Have a look below and here.


Yesterday we collected our two friends returning from Massachusetts (her parents’ home and whilst they live and work in Aberdeen, we actually know them from Leicester…). Picking them up from Angouleme station (where the relaxed coffee plans failed – “closed due to refurbishment”). The station patisserie plans (ditto) also failed. We did however manage to get some elaborate patisseries on the drive home, l’éclair de caramel du sel, le trio des chocolats, la passione and l’Italien were all eaten before we even thought to take a photograph so you’ll just have to imagine them. They were fabulous.

Jet lag and a bit of catch-up work online for them means a slow start to their week here. I am looking forward to some technical help from him with my new vps droplet with wordpress installation on a LEMP stack (that’s Linux Ubuntu, nginx, mysql and php) or blah blah blah blah,blah blah…

It’s a glorious 30°c outside, and our house with its metre thick walls stays nice and cool. Siena alternates between basking and cooling sprawled out on the tiles. We are all looking forward to a nice walk around a lake somewhere this afternoon – in this ‘land of a thousand lakes’ we have a lot to choose from.

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