Spring is in full swing and we’re finally getting some much needed rain. I never thought I’d say that but flora and fauna need rain to flourish. Here, it’ll often rain overnight, start a little overcast before the sun makes a welcome appearance around midday. Sometimes it’ll rain early morning or late afternoon. Othertimes, it just pours. All. Day. It rains so hard I can barely see beyond the terrace. On these days I just stay indoors and get on with my oh so long “To Do List.”
With over 300 days a year of sunshine, we don’t have too many rainy or grey days. However, I love the monochrome outlook on grey days or mornings. There’s something magical in the way the diffused light hits the water which, by the way, looks like liquid mercury.
We’ve enjoyed a very mild winter with plenty of warm sunshine and finally this week we received bucketfulls of much needed rain. Everything, everywhere is looking so lush and green. Plus, the trees are in bloom.
Today’s topic poses me a bit of a quandary. We don’t have a pet. We’ve never had one. I feel about pets the same way I feel about children. I really like them but don’t feel the need to have one of my own. I’m happy to borrow children and animals for a few days before handing them back to their rightful owners. My beloved would love a dog but we all know who’d end up looking after it – moi! That said, both children and animals, particularly dogs, are drawn to me like moths to candles. Last year, at the village du depart of the Tour du Haut Var, it was pouring. This elderly retriever was soaking wet and looking a little sad. He main a bee-line for me and I obliged with some friendly petting which considerably brightened his demeanor.
This has both texture and pattern. It’s the roof of the Louvre, Abu Dhabi, the government of which has paid its French counterpart a ton of money for the use of the name for 30 years plus the ability to borrow its treasures.
I had to put this post back a day as I was travelling for most of yesterday.
The theme “Revisited” conjures up visions of places I visited years ago and have been fortunate to visit again more recently. I cannot however do “before” and “after” photos as none of my old photos have been digitized – another thing on my ever growing “to do “ list!
Instead, I’m going to post a photo from a place we’ve been visiting every year since 2010, the Basque Country and specifically, San Sebastian. The one above is from August 2014 and features the town’s La Concha beach taken from its Old Town.
As soon as I saw the words “Events” I thought of sporting events. Regular readers will know that I’m a sports fan. I love doing sport but I also love watching it.
I take photos of inanimate objects while my beloved takes the action shots with his all-singing, all-dancing Cannon.
He took this picture in March 2017 of the final climb of a race in Tuscany called Strade Bianche which is partly raced over white gravel roads. If it’s wet, as it was here, the riders get splattered with mud. The shot features Olympic champion, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), who finished runner up, on the final haul back into the old town of Siena where the race finishes in the Piazzo del Campo. This is a popular viewing spot for the fans as the gradient forces a slower pace, some riders even weave all over the road. You can see the intensity of their efforts etched on their races.