and declared that she and John,
were all booked in
for a six week stay
alongside the River Gardon.
Well, I was green with envy!
But I listened and smiled
and said the right things
and hoped that my mum would believe me.
in a quaint little town near Uzès;
it had views of the river,
its own swimming pool…
and an extra room… for the guests!!
I was thrilled when work gave me ‘the nod’,
I ordered the travel books,
studied the maps
and organised Banjo (my dog).
Jenny loaned me “A Year in Provence”
and on May 27th
the adventure began:
three whole weeks in the South part of France!
I photographed mountains and valleys;
we ate fruit and veg
bought at roadside stalls –
fresh asparagus, strawb’ries and cherries!
Roman arenas and theatres and ruins;
snow-capped mountains and waterfalls,
wildflowers and churches and rivers…
the cheese made a lasting impression(!!)
I loved the Pastis,
avoided “foie gras”;
ev’ry dish was a small slice of heaven!
but I’ve mastered a few simple phrases:
“je voudrais,” “s’il vous plaît,”
and “merci beaucoup”
seemed to help put a smile on French faces.
and the three weeks flew by in an instant!
On Friday I left and
I’m now back at home..
the memories already seem distant :(
and if ever your Lucky Break finds you,
Provence in the Spring
might be just the thing
to de-stress and relax and unwind you!
Thank you so much, Mum and John, for the best holiday I’ve ever had – it was way beyond what I was hoping for!!!
And I also have a wee bit of news… Firstly, I’m thrilled that I just received my letter informing me that I have first-level honours from the Federation of International Photographic Art (FIAP) which means that if I was so inclined, I could put the letters AFIAP after my name :) :) :)
I’m also thrilled to let you all know that I received my results from the Epson International Photographic Pano Awards… It was the first year I’ve entered (thanks heaps to both Philip Johnson and Joel Durbridge who encouraged me to enter!!) and I received one Silver Award and five Bronze Awards!
My photo The Pinnacles achieved 17th place in the Amateur Nature category and my photo Perth City Skyline achieved 22nd place in the Amateur Built Environment category I’m so thrilled!
So that’s my news!
I’m looking forward on catch up with everyone’s work and with what’s been going on over the past three weeks!