Monday, 31 December 2012
The old facade with new block in distance
Looking back at 2012 at my highlights of the year I certainly have to include winning a Born Digital Award for the best investigative story and the IWC Personality of the Year. However, the best and most important decision I made was to get fit again.
Too many hours in front of the computer and not enough exercise inevitably took their toll. Fortunately when the restored Forest Hill (London SE23) pools opened in mid-September, I decided to use the new fitness gym included in the new facility as regularly as possible. Less than four months on I can certainly feel the benefits: my blood pressure is down dramatically, I have lost five or six kilos and I feel a lot more lively.
I intend to continue exercising in 2013 – this will be a New Year Resolution that I will keep!
Entrance to the new section of the pool
Sunday, 30 December 2012
Vincent Grall: picking baskets with pomace
More from the archives:
Picking baskets on pavement
Sauvignon Blanc@Henry Natter in Montigny
Vineyards above Montigny
Henry Natter and family
On a rare hot summer day at the end of August 2008 we came across a ploughing contest in a field close to the road between Montrichard and Pontlevoy. Most of the competitors had small ploughing machine rather like rotovators with a plough attached, although there was at least one tractor pulling a plough.
Click here for an earlier selection of photos from this contest.
Box-fresh kit for No 22
Machine No 25 being guided by No 22
Another red machine
No 22 again
Spectators (above and below)
The enormous hunting lodge of François I (above and below)
More photos from the process of rationalising photo files – all from 2008 mainly late August.
Boats and Chambord
Detail of the forest of chimneys of Chambord
Little village of Chambord
Château du Gué Péan from a distance
Château du Gué Péan closer in (above and below)
Back to January 2008: François Chidaine in his cellar at Huisseau
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Snowy crags of Bishop's Hill overlooking Loch Leven
Overnight snow provided some wonderful fresh soft snow on Bishop's Hill above Kinesswood.
Looking down on the snowbound golf course
Snow on the hills but nothing on the flat
Down towards the loch
The Fife coast beyond the snow
Large lemon meringue above the loch
Loch Leven with the mist and low cloud lifting
On Boxing Day morning the mist soon came down along with some misling rain. However by mid-morning it started to lift and the sun came out lighting up the Loch and the surrounding farm land.
Mist rapidly disappearing