Door/10 – St. André

This is the door to Maria and Michael’s dwelling in St. André in southern France.  They lived in an old winery they had converted. The front exterior was unchanged without indication of the delightful spaces they had designed inside.  In addition to their own living space they carved out an apartment as well, which we rented for a couple of weeks so we could explore … Continue reading Door/10 – St. André


The Cathars were a religious sect in the southern regions of France in the 12th and 13th centuries.  They opposed what they perceived as the moral, spiritual and political corruption of the Catholic Church.  As a result, Pope Innocent III launched a campaign against them that resulted in the death of about 20,000 men, women and children, Cathars and Catholics alike.   The Cathars retreated … Continue reading Endurance

Liquid mountains of the sky

An active sky can add movement and colour and drama to a photograph … and sometimes skies ARE the photograph, as the landscape pales in comparison to the dance of light and cloud that is happening above.   This one taken in Normandy added such beauty to our autoroute drive.Brittany clouds 24 SL

Driving the Cape Breton Trail in Nova Scotia we saw some beautiful turbulent skies, this one at 4 Mile Beach at Aspey Bay.

CB 051 4 Mile Beach, Aspy Bay SL 8x6jpgWhile my daughter and husband sat up front chattering I was busy in the back snapping shots through the window at 100 km/hr of some tremendous skies over Alberta. Continue reading “Liquid mountains of the sky”

Visual Quotation 32: Horizon

“I determined to gather together all things of beauty … that I could, and preserve them here, against the doom toward which the world is rushing.” “The first quarter-century of your life was doubtless lived under the cloud of being too young for things, while the last quarter-century would normally be shadowed by the still darker cloud of being too old for them; and between … Continue reading Visual Quotation 32: Horizon

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”. – Winston Churchill On the most northerly point of Brittany, on the peninsula of Plougrescant, is the Chapelle Saint-Gonéry, with its crooked belfry.   The Chapelle is a historic monument –  part twelfth-century Romanesque and part fifteenth century flamboyant. And another tilting shot … 16th Century timbered houses in Troyes, on the Seine river about 150 km southeast … Continue reading Visual Quotations 16

Telling Stories

The weekly photo challenge is to try to convey a personal view of what we see when looking through our lens; to use light, line, composition and other elements to lead the viewer to our focus; to tell in a single frame the story we saw … photo credit for this one goes to my husband –

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My contribution is this one, Continue reading “Telling Stories”

Connected through Time

astronomical clock Exeter Cathedral England
Photo by my husband

The astronomical clock in the Cathedral Church of St Peter  in Exeter, England dates from 1484.  In 1841 my great great-grandfather Richard Ingram Pentecost  was a student at the Training School in the Precinct of the Close of St-Peter’s Cathedral in Exeter City, England, and so would have gazed upon this same clock.

Wikipedia informs  that the fleur-de-lys ‘hand’ indicates the time (and the position of the sun in the sky); the silver ball and inner dial shows both the age of the moon and its phase; the upper dial, added in 1760, shows the minutes.  There is a door below the clock with a round hole near its base. This was apparently cut in the early 17th century to allow entry for the Bishop’s cat to deter vermin that were attracted to the animal fat used to lubricate the clock mechanism.

The headstone with the cross marks the grave of my 3x great grandparents, Richard and Anne Pentecost.

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