Patrimoine …or heritage, as it was celebrated this weekend in France, we took a trip to the  Ecomusée in St Cyr la Rosière.

After the museum and its collection of objects, images and documents illustrating traditional Percheron life, we had a look around the exhibition “Bien loin de Brooklyn” by American photographer Peter Petronio (my real reason for wanting to visit yesterday!) … images tracing 30 years of his life here in the heart of the Perche.

Then a look around the priory and the grounds, and an extra treat (not only for the boys!) with a collection of old Peugeots, Panhards, Citroëns and the rest, nestled under the apple trees.

Inside the old Priory lodge.

A beautiful late-summer’s day, a great place to visit, a pretty perfect Sunday!

La Patrimoine était en fête ce week-end et nous avons décidé de passer dimanche après-midi à l’Ecomusée du Perche, à St Cyr la Rosière.

Entre la musée avec ses objets et ses documents (écrits et audiovisuels), la prieuré et son logis, la magnifique exposition du photographe américan Peter Petronio, “Bien loin de Brooklyn,” retraçant plus de 30 ans de vie dans le Perche, et les voitures anciennes se reposant sous les pommiers, il y avait vraiment de quoi regarder (et de mitrailler, du coup !)

New routine

With everyone back at school (the youngest starting for the first time – gulp!), it’s time to get into a new routine.

On a sunny September morning, that routine really has to include time out for a walk along the Voie Verte before heading back home and sitting at the computer all day.

It might be all that sun going to my head, but just imagine if I got really organised, managed to stay on top of my workload and tried to give myself half an hour like this every morning! Let’s just imagine that for a minute … (and don’t laugh!)

La rentrée et une nouvelle routine qui s’installe …

Sous le soleil matinal en ce début de septembre, cette routine se doit d’intégrer un petit moment ballade-photo sur la Voie Verte.

C’est peut-être l’euphorie du soleil mais imaginons deux minutes que je réussisse à bien gérer ma charge de travail et m’accorder cette petite demi-heure tous les jours. Oui, imaginons … sans rire, hein?!

End of summer


Et oui, l’été arrive à sa fin.

La moisson se termine, les cartables sont remplis, la reprise n’est pas loin pour tout le monde.

Mais retour au travail veut dire retour à la routine et le petit créneau pour la photo chaque jour !


The harvest is just about over, school bags are packed and ready, it’s soon back to work for everyone.

But back to work also means back to routine, and even when work gets busy, with no kids around, there’s always time for a little bit of photography everyday!


Friday night, Saturday morning

In evening, walk one way to see the sun set.

Get up the next morning and go the go the other way to see it rise.

And sit and watch and breathe.

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?”
E.M. Forster

A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky


BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July —
Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear —
Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.
Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream —
Lingering in the golden gleam —
Life, what is it but a dream?

I do like to be beside the seaside…

Sur la côte anglaise, même les lampadaires portent leur petite laine!Image


Allez, on va au moins tremper les pieds!


C’était au bord de la Mer du Nord un mois d’août.

Quoique … en Vendée, une semaine plus tôt, ce n’était guère mieux ….


The North Sea seen from Lincolnshire, the Atlantic Coast in France … same difference? Though lamp posts wearing woollens? Only in the UK!

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