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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
When driving down through France, the sudden regular appearance of walnut trees seems to separate the North from the South.
Imagine a line drawn between Bordeaux in the West, and Grenoble in the East, and there you have your division. Above the line; dragons. Below the line; walnuts.
At this time of year, with the branches bare, one can clearly see the yellow lichens so typical of our trees. One can also see what birds made it their home the previous Spring.
Of course the dogs are always on the look-out for ungathered nuts, and the sound of their crunching accompanies most of our walks. I still make a point of eating about 8 nuts each day myself; but mine are consumed indoors.
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!