Mr D found a cable that worked and so I have downloaded my photos from the camera to the pooter.

So here’s a quick whiz through some of the Events of the past 6 months or so…

This was the chateau that Mr D and I went to to celebrate our 50th birthdays. Friends bought us a voucher for a meal there and we used some birthday money to stay overnight. It was a delicious meal (I don’t think I’ve quoted the menu. Apologies if I have):

  • Radis Noir en chutney de pomme verte, tranche de Saumon à la plancha, vinaigrette épicée en gelée, petit bonbon de poisson cru.
  • Pavé de cabaillaud au sel fumé et snacké, étuvée de lentilles aux joues de porc confites raz-el-hanout, lard virtuel.
  • Magret de canard cuit sur sa peau et taillé en aiguillette, Coing tout en contraste, pastilla de cuisse au genièvre, jus vinaigré
  • Le fromage
  • Biscuit spéculoos, compote tremblotante de cassis, pomme caramélisée comme une crème brulée, sorbet déstructuré.
  • Nuage de Moka ou infusion, sucreries pour les gourmandes et les gourmands.

It was fab.

Lie on your side, Folks!

This was from our trip to Lyon for la Fete de la Lumière – the weekend of 8th December. It is an amazing day out – there are light installations all over the city, plus a Christmas Market. This year there were fireworks as well. We had a good day, though not as satisfactory as other years. Here’s a view of the city from Fourviéres, where there is a splendidly OTT (in my Protestant opinion!) basilica to the Virgin.  Plus another light installation

OK, what’s next?This was a walk around the village in the snow. Here’s a view of our chateau – this is where there’s the little craft shop where my cards are on display. The clouds were getting a bit ominous by now! And this is the caravan for the Municipal Goats! The Council have denied that it cost the reported 5,000€. But it looks very cosy with it’s verandah and window! And here is a not-very-good photo of said Municipal Goats (or maybe these are Municipal Sheep) having a tasty snack:Next, we have cold cows, on another snowy walk. I remember this walk – I was the first along the forest track, apart from deer/rabbits/wild boar and I could see their tracks. It was splendid (even when I lost my keys when they fell out of the bib pocket of my saloppettes when I went for an al-fresco pee! I found them after 10 minutes frantic searching!)

The pictures keep not being next to their explanations. I’ve tried editing twice. If it doesn’t work this time, tant pis, you’ll have to work it out for yourselves!

And here are the Poor Cats tucking into their dinners:

This is Tiny Lil looking a little pathetic, poor love.

I’m not sure who this is – either Tiny Lil, or maybe Baby. It could be Will (named after a friend of ours. )

And here’s Pomme, our cat, sniffing my knees after I’d been to the Poor Cats. She always checks up to see which cat(s) I smell of today. In the background you can see our sitting room. Not very tidy, comme d’habitude!)

And finally, a couple of pictures of our hens:

Here you can see Raoul, the cockerel, Cou-Nou (French for “Naked Neck”) and I think it’s Tikka (She’s the black one. And yes, we have another black hen called Masala.)

This is Pinkie (or is she Rosie? I think her name is Pinkie, but for some reason I get her mixed up with the other chicken we used to have. Which was called Rosie. Or was it Pinkie? Anyhoo, I always thought this hen looked like a Rosie.) Sadly Pinkie/Rosie died on Wednesday. It was a natural death, which saved her from Death By Shovel which would have happened if she’d not died before G’s neighbour got home. None of us (the four who share the chickens) can bring ourselves to kill the hens, so we have to bring in an executioner when they’re on the way out. We don’t know what she died of, but she was very unhappy at the end…So, as they say, “It was a Happy Release”.

So there you go. Lots of piccies. Now another 6 month wait before the next lot!!!

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4 Responses to “Pictures!”

  1. Kerensa Says:

    Poor old Pinkie probably died of an inferiority complex brought on by not knowing if she was Pinkie or Rosie 😉 – or she knew she was in for the chop by Death by Shovel.
    I like the sideways tree… we have a tree in the ARC which is lit – but only half way down its trunk. It looks pretty bizarre in my opinion. Yours is infinitely prettier.

  2. Japes Says:

    I love the fully lit up tree!!

  3. Ian Says:

    Farewell Pinkie/Rosie!

    Thanks for sharing in word and photo: what a stunningly beautiful area you live in.

    Not sure if it is my browser, butI think a sentence got cut off: “…where there is a splendidly OTT (in my Protestant opinion!)” — what is OTT? I am guessing that giant church in the photo.

  4. Dormouse Says:

    You’re right, Ian – I forgot to finish the sentence!!! I’ve now edited the post so it makes a bit more sense. And OTT stands for “Over The Top” – in this case, the Basilica is all gold mosaics, smells, bells , statues, holy pictures, lace and tat. (But in a splendidly RC way, of course!)