Weather-Beaten Town

Last November we visited a town in Normandy, Gournay en Bray. Even the name sounds weathered. Above a derelict mansion. Must have been beautiful in the past. The old turnpike building. Not sure what the address would be: 3-8 I believe.An old weather-beaten shop. Not much is left in such towns which were flourishing in the... Continue Reading →


Jen's post today came as a relief in the midst of a dreadfully mild and damp Winter* where the river seems to be taking over the world. The banks are no longer open to the public and if you click this link you will understand why. So thinking about growth was a good idea and... Continue Reading →


Ascend There are different meanings to the word. And no doubt that Rothman's (as you can hear in his — her? — beautifully strange LP "The Book of Law") vision of ups and downs has not much to do with climbing steps nor mountains. Ascend in my sense has more to do with the vertical... Continue Reading →

Temporary Post

All we do and build in this world is temporary. We don’t look at it this way and yet, with hindsight, once we are dead and buried, who will remember us and what we’ve done. What will become of this website and the 2,000+ blog posts which I have written, not to mention the thousands of pieces written for clients and other blogs and sites. Even our books. Eve our houses, one day, will end up like this one, possibly a stately mansion at the beginning of the twentieth century, yet it’s crumbling to dust now.


To picture today’s “scale” theme, if Erica hadn’t suggested it, I would have chosen mountains anyway. They are so huge and beautiful, no need to comment. Enjoy! [All shot in 2017 in the Ariège]

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