Author Archives: Sandra

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.

Cat Lady

I’ve missed my morning walks over the past few months, since I developed a problem with my foot.  We live in a fairly well populated residential area that has lots of parklands, greens, play areas … and cats.  During the … Continue reading

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Daffodils with a Difference

I’ve always loved daffodils.  I’m not sure where I bought these from, or even what particular type they are, but these are always the last of my daffodils to flower each spring, and their blooms tend to last longer than … Continue reading

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Just a cat…

She was just a cat, and maybe not even have been a queen, but for the sake of brevity I’ll call this cat a ‘she’.  In any case, I’m not sure a tom would keep himself quite this clean, even … Continue reading

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Floral Friday, December 2013

Late summer blooms in central France.  For other Floral Friday offerings, click the link.

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Sunday Stills: Bird Houses

The Canal Lateral a la Garonne winds through picturesque countryside and one of the villages along the way inspired the name of my other blog – Castelsarrasin.  In this village the canal widens out into a basin, where the locals … Continue reading

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A Dog Around the House

What a lovely day I’ve had! It’s several years since our two Border Collies died, after a long life that involved travelling with us from South Africa to Germany, on to England and then to their final home with us … Continue reading

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – Scent

The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent, nor the daisy of its simple charm.  If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its … Continue reading

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Sunday Stills: Birds

Ducks, doves and a weird-looking pigeon.  Check out Sunday Stills for more inspiration.

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Mellow Fruitfulness…

Such a beautiful autumn morning!  For several months now, a foot problem has restricted my walking activity to a strictly ‘need to go’ basis, but the last few mornings I’ve ventured out again into the quiet streets of our local … Continue reading

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – ‘Beginnings’

To me, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being – Mahatma Gandhi. Or if you prefer a more prosaic outlook: And there shall come a kingdom in which the lion shall lie … Continue reading

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