Happy New Year 2016

Dear blogging friends, it’s been far too long!

For all sorts of reason this year has turned out to be much more of a challenge than I expected, with the unfortunate consequence that my photography and therefore my blog have had to take a bit (well a lot, actually!) of a back seat. It’s fair to say that although I have continued following many blogs and have enjoyed the posts and photos you have published, I have not found the time or inclination to comment on many of them. I do however continue to appreciate them greatly. There have often been times when I have found that a difficult day has been lifted by a pertinent post, a few well chosen words or a lovely photo and I thank you all for that.

Thank you also to those followers who have “hung on in there” and continued to support my blog, particularly those who have taken the time to like or comment on the few posts that I have managed this year. I very much value your time and thoughts. I am hoping that I will be able to rekindle my mojo in the coming year and find the time to post more regularly again – I have missed the small community of regular visitors to my blog and your interactions.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy New Year and hope that it brings you health, peace, happiness and good blogging! I leave you with some photos that were taken during a visit to Cornwall during the latter part of October that were all prepared to go but just never published (apologies to my Facebook followers who will have already seen these in a different format….). I look forward to catching up with you in the coming year.

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Les couleurs du marchè

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Great stalls and produce at the Saturday market in Uzès yesterday – seems to be the largest one in the locality and had everything you could possibly require!

Les Arènes du Nîmes

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Les Arènes du Nîmes is a roman ampitheatre which although better preserved, is slightly smaller than the Colosseum in Rome. It’s in regular use during the summer as a concert venue and today was being prepared for Joan Baez appearing tonight.

Le Lac de Cavayère or ‘Carcassonne Plage’!

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A man made lake, le lac de Cavayère  is about 4km outside Carcassonne and is a popular place to go to enjoy sandy beaches, water sports or just enjoy a stroll around the lake. The water was very pleasantly warm and the  scenery lovely.

Les Châteaux de Lastours

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A couple of hours climbing up and down the mountains to see the four castles of Lastours. Now ruined they were four separate Cathar castles defending a huge deep valley. Each is distinct in design and has great views of the surrounding area. Extremely hot, hard work but well worth the climb up to 300m above the valley floor – but not something I want to do every day!