Friday Photo Challenge – nostalgia

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-use them.

This week it’s the turn of Amanda who reminds us:

The transient nature of life experiences are one reason why we take photographs. Like time travelling, photographs are a way to give life to the past, so we can imagine again that moment in time, in all its visual richness.

It’s at this point I’m wishing I’d made more progress with my project to scan all my old photos. It was one of my “Lockdown Projects” which I fondly (and mistakenly) thought I’d have plenty of time to do!

So, here goes:-

People  – my late parents (left) with their dearest friends (right) with whom they spent many a happy holiday. Here they are in Mougins in the early 2000s.

Places – A slightly longer list here. Firstly, San Sebastian, which we’ve visited every year since 2010, except for last year and this. We’ll definitely be going next year. My trips are already planned.

Paris, the City of Light, which we’ve visited regularly in recent years though my first visit was over 50 years ago, but sadly I never took any photos – no camera!

Australia about which I have waxed lyrical on endless occasions.

 

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Friday Photo Challenge – summer traditions

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-use them.

Summer traditions on the Cote d’Azur? I’m thinking Festival of Music, Bastille Day Fireworks Display, evenings down the beach, Nice Jazz Festival, Tour de France……..do I have any photos of these in my archives?

An evening at the beach

A few pyrotechnics

A selection from our local 2019 Festival of Music.

And, of course, some from Tours past.

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Friday Photo Challenge – unusual

It’s a toughie this week from Amanda, who says:

Photographers often claim to have captured photos with unexplained objects in them. Some turn out to be a simple case of double exposure, minute dust particles or even reflections, called Orbs, whilst others cannot be fully explained at all.

Do you believe in UFO’s or the Unusual?

I know I haven’t captured any photographs of UFOs and I would probably have deleted any photos with orbs. What’s a girl to do?

I’ve really had to scrape the barrel with this one!

It’s incredibly unusual for us to get snow on the Cote d’Azur, but it does occasionally happen for a few hours.

What about an uncannily life-like hologram of local boy Hugo Lloris, captain of the French World Cup winning side and goal-keeper for Spurs.

You wouldn’t expect to find Guy the Gorilla in the middle of a medieval village now would you?

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Friday Photo Challenge – In transit

This week’s challenge, set by Sandy, reflects that in many parts of the world, restrictions on movement and travel are gradually being lifted. After weeks of confinement, it is a relief to be able to move about. Even so, travel is not as it once was. Here in France, trans-border crossings are still closed to non-essential travel though there are no restrictions on travel between departments. Sandy’s encouraging us to dip into our archives for scenes of people in motion, moving or stopped in-transit as they go about their daily lives.

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Friday Photo Challenge – the colour pink

This week Amanda has set us the challenge of “the colour pink.”

When we were children my parents often bought us similar items of clothing but in different colours. My younger sister Lynn generally had the pink one while I had the red one. I was not a fan of what I deemed to be girly colours, I was a bit of a tomboy! Even now, I don’t have any pink items of clothing in my wardobe.

I’ve trawled through my photos, and here goes:-

Beach at Montauk, Nov 2019
EF Cycling at Clasica San Sebastian, Aug 2018
Pink hydrangea
Beautiful Cherry Blossom
Tallow Beach, Aug 2019
Hydrangea bush, Bordeaux July 2018
Early morning view from my bedroom window

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-use them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – comfort food

Today’s challenge is comfort food. That’s an apt description for most of the recipes in my The Musette series generally posted on Saturdays, so I have plenty of ammunition! Here goes:-

 

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-use them.

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Friday Photo Challenge – surprise

I’m not someone who enjoys surprises. For example, no one in their right mind would ever throw me a surprise party!

I’m big on planning and preparation precisely because I don’t like surprises. This allows me to avoid what might otherwise be an unpleasant surprise yet still have my expectations confounded by something special, such as:-

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Friday Photo Challenge – isolation cravings

This week Sandy wants to know what we’ve missed during lockdown. As France gently starts to ease a very strict two-month confinement, I wrote about what I’d learnt during the period of isolation. In short, the only thing I really missed was riding my bike on the roads.

Thanks to less than clement weather this week, I’ve only managed two short rides and, while there were others out riding, it was easy to maintain the required 10 metre (33 ft) distance. Everyone was either riding on their own, or with their lockdown partner. There were no groups of cyclists. The French are still abiding by the rules.

Cue lots of photographs of professional cyclists!

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Friday Photo Challenge – something new/something different

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

So what have I been doing that’s new or different? To be honest, the past eight weeks have been a bit same old, same old. However, our daily walks around the Domaine’s grounds have been a bit of a revelation, plus I’ve cooked a lot more than usual.

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Friday Photo Challenge – COVID discoveries

This weeks challenge, set by Amanda doesn’t reqire too much foraging in my archives, instead I’m just looking at those I’ve taken in the last seven weeks, and it’s a surprisingly large number.

Life in lockdown hasn’t been at all stressful for us because we’re used to working together from home. Yes, we’ve missed going out for rides on our bikes but we’ve compensated with home trainer sessions on the terrace. Wherever possible we’ve looked for something to compensate for our loss of liberty. If nothing else, we’ve discovered we’ll survive retirement together!

1. Our lovely gardens

We live in an apartment which has a great view and sits in 27-hectacres of magnificent grounds. We’ve lived here for 15 years and, while we’ve walked through the gardens, we’d never fully explored and fully appreciated them as we have over the period of lockdown.

2. Cooking up a storm

It’s been a challenge shopping just once a week and relying on my fridge/freezer/store cupboard to provide inspiration rather than daily trips to France’s bountiful markets. But I think I’ve risen to the challenge. What do you think?

3. Corona cocktail

My beloved has made his own modest contribution by creating a new cocktail. He could’ve done more than just his role as OCD (Officer in Charge of Drinks) but he’s (deliberately?) been incredibly busy. Aside from his usual role, he’s been Zooming most days trying to find ways for dentists to deal with the COVID-19 transmission risks to themselves and their patients during treatment.

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