I found a collection of these postcards at a car boot sale (vide grenier – empty loft) with lots of double entendres about hunting – this one says something along the lines of you hunt the quail …. she the pigeon…….?
Illustrator ‘Farriere’ This one says something like you chase the quail …she the pigeon
Illustrator ‘Farriere’ – something about hunting down evil thoughts!
Too much to translate here!
If anyone can help with better translations please let me know! – thanks
You can buy these lovely fresh sardines from E.Leclerc the French supermarket really cheaply for less than 5 euros per kilo. Absolutely delicious just pan fried on one of those ridged pans.
Sardines looking strangely weird – half way through the cooking process – delicious!
This was the first time I’d cooked sardines, since then I’ve got better at removing the bones! Really simple meal with crusty bread and local white, slightly fizzy, Gaillac Perlé wine. Here’s a link to the wine for a good description of what that tastes like:
‘Tis now the season for using up all those delicious juicy French tomatoes that are all over the markets. I stuffed these with breadcrumbs (made from day old artisan rye bread) anchovies and their oil, slices of young garlic with a bit of duck fat dolloped on top and a sprinkling of herbs de Provence.
Teddy, reclining after a hard day following me to the fridge and back
We’ve been dogsitting Teddy – he had a lovely time and we enjoyed the dog company. Here he his – the lovely Teddy, more like a little barrel than a teddy bear. He’s doing really well at 98 dog years old. Likes: the fridge and all things associated with its contents
Vintage Catholic medals on rusty old safety pin found in a little round box – see below
These medals would have been worn pinned to vest (I found them in an old handbag). Worn to protect the wearer and as physical reminders of their faith.
Here’s a better look at them
Pilgrims collected medals from shrines they visited, these are probably from Lourdes.
These medals found in the handbag
The wearing of religious medals is a very ancient tradition. The Roman writer Pliny used the word “amuletum” for medals worn around the neck by all classes of people as talismans (objects believed to give supernatural powers or protection to the wearer). Rather than simply eradicating a cultural practice, the Christians instead adopted their use, rooting it in Christian belief and removing the magical connection. (Catholic Education)
Cover of artist Celine Wagner’s Graphic novel ‘Tangente’
Amazing what living in a new country can inspire you to do, we’re trying new things all the time. The latest? …a course in creating a graphic novel or Bandes Desinnees (drawn strips) held by artist Celine Wagner http://www.celinewagner.com. It was fantastic! (thanks Celine!). Here are our efforts:
1st stage of Jon’s comic strip about a journey to Mexico……..
2nd revision with alternative viewpoint and larger, stronger images………
No there weren’t any children there – this is my strangely infantile 1st stage attempt about a romance between a dog and a unicorn……..
My 2nd stage revision……..afraid it didn’t get any better even with Celine’s help.
Celine’s doodles while she waited for us to finish…..about her journey to the class
Celine is an excellent artist and a great teacher as well. She has a very relaxed and friendly style and was really inspiring. She’s also created a number of other graphic novels. As well as Tangente, there are Zeste, La Patience Du Grande Signe, Grand Roue, Les Yeux Dans Le Mur. Celine is currently working on an adaption of a russian novel.