Gorbio – My Village, My Family …

It’s been 26 years since I moved from Australia, where I lived for 6 years, to the south of France.  First a year in the Pyrenées Orientales, which is in the south-west of France, and then 7 years in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, near to Monaco.  Eventually,  19 years ago I was lucky enough to find a house in Gorbio.  Gorbio is a medieval hill village above Menton.   I live just below the village – not far, as the crow flies but two and half kilometres by car as it’s a long and winding road but it’s only a 10 minute walk up ..
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Love and Father Christmas …

Dear Wonderful Friends, Wishing you a Merry Christmas Day filled with love and good things amongst family and friends and your beloved animals, of course!  Thank you so much for your love and comments throughout the year on this blog,  on Facebook and on Instagram –  it has meant SO much to me.  With all the fear and negativity in the world, one of the things we can do is love our family, friends and animals and be loved back.   So have a wonderful day today. This is little ‘Indy’ posing for you.  I rather think she wants it over ..
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In Search of Sepia …

It’s not that I particularly like sepia – in fact, give me good ol’ black and white anytime.  Or colour.  But I belong to a small group of very sympa photographers and friends who get together in Menton and the surrounding villages to  recreate the past in images of life as it was once lived.  At the moment, we are ‘in the 1920s’ when sepia was still in use. In film photography, it was a chemical process carried out on silver-based photographic prints and had the advantage of being more resistant to the degradation of time.  However, during the first ..
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‘No Dogs Allowed’ – except in France

  Dogs are welcome in most restaurants and bars in France and Monaco, except perhaps the grandest.  The American Bar in the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, for example, will serve your champagne (what else would you order in the Hotel de Paris?)  And he’ll quickly return with a bowl of water served on a tray, laid with a white cloth, and a plate of dog biscuits should Monsieur le Chien be a little peckish.       In fact, dogs are allowed in most places in France including  shops and markets.  However, in supermarkets there is always a ..
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How it all started… and why this new blog?

Dear Friends, Welcome my new blog.  I’ve prepared an imaginary red carpet for your arrival! So – a quick explanation of ‘why a new blog?’   I started blogging over ten years ago. The first was a blog about dogs who spent their holidays in my house in the south of France whilst their owners went away. Not a boarding kennels, but a ‘pension familiale’ – a home-from-home for dogs. They  lived in my house, slept where they wanted, on the sofa, in my armchair and often my bed! Then, a year later I started Menton Daily Photo and Monte ..
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