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Monday, 1 March 2010
There's nothing more beautiful, in nature, that a sun-lit landscape with a dark slate-grey sky.
We have our fair-share here in southern France, where the summer storms can be both spectacular and violent. Our mid-August storms are possibly the most predictable, and herald the end of summer's hottest weather.
Our weather usually comes from the west, and as the dark clouds gather behind a ridge of tall pines, we know that within minutes the 'son et lumiere' firework display will begin.
Houses are struck, beasts are killed, trees are felled. Even so, there is great beauty in the destructive ability of these storms, and, bizarrely, life here wouldn't be quite the same without them.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!