After a blustery few days, where the rain was literally horizontal, this morning’s sunrise was a particularly welcome sight! I really did not think my rather simple camera together with my primitive photography skills (i.e. point and press – if it is not painted on a cave wall I am challenged) would get this shot looking as good as it does. Perhaps I still remember the real thing! What has not come out as I remember it, are the touches of pink on the clouds. It is clouds like these that makes me understand why Monet found Normandy so paint-able.
A Burnt Image
I have a folder full of all sorts of cards and pictures that children have made while they were here and then given me when they left. I simply can not throw away these wonderful tokens of appreciation – and some of them can be seen on various pages of this website. A couple of artists have also given me paintings; a water colour of my cat springs to mind. I also have some wonderful pages in the Visitors Book. All of these have been created on paper, so imagine my surprise and delight when I went into the gîte on Monday morning to prepare it for the next group of guests and I looked into the fireplace. There on the side was an upright log with a cheerful face ‘burned’ into the wood. I do not suppose I am going to be able to fit this into the folder, so we will see how long it lasts there!
Who says winter is all about stews?
I love stews and casseroles – after all they are what makes winter all the more bearable! But sometimes I crave something light and fresh. And today was one of those days. On the menu today: pan seared red tuna steaks and sautéed potatoes and onions, served on cucumber ribbons with a dried tomato and onion salsa. Not very Normandy, but delicious nonetheless. The dried tomatoes are cherry tomatoes from my garden, harvested in August, dehydrated and preserved in olive oil. Drying the tomatoes makes them taste so much more intense, a taste that is only enhanced by the olive oil, and perfect for a salsa.
A welcome taste of summer on what has been a very blustery day!