Wednesday, March 28, 2007



This is another Vue du Ciel of the village of Rabastens.

This is one of our local markets villages and the market which is held here on a Saturday morning is a great place to go.

Image by Christian Hot

Monday, March 26, 2007



Housework with a difference.

Taken last year when on vacation in Germany. Great sense of humour this image has and I kept wondering if I would ever post it on the blog but as we seem to be getting the back end of winter I thought I would have a play on words and image.

Where is that sun - maybe I should look under the sink??

Sunday, March 25, 2007



The river Aveyron at Saint Antonin Noble Val, Tarn et Garonne, France.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Nick and his Vespa


I always said I would make my mate Nick famous!!

Now he has been blogged on his much loved vintage Vespa Scooter.

Photographed in November 2006 in the sunshine we are still waiting on to return in 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007




But I don't think he has a chance.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Where's Spring Gone?


What ever happened to Springtime?

A delicate wild flower photographed about 10 days ago in brilliant spring weather - then winter returned with a vengeance.

Where is the sun and the warm weather?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cordes-sur Ciel


When I began doing this daily photo blog I would complain about the fact that the area we lived in had no Broadband (ADSL) and I was also complaining to the Mayor, Mr.Christian Hot, of our small community and kept asking what could be done. France Telecom never came through with a solution even although Broadband connection is only 1 Kilometre away.

Finally an enterprising guy who has set up a WiFi system in the village where he lived, because of the same problem, was contacted and he set up a similar system for Roquemaure - Réal so I and many other can now enjoy a much faster connection to the internet.

Not only has Christian done this but when the weather is fine as it was just over a week ago he get out his micro-light aircraft and takes to the sky. He emailed this image of the village of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Quite a talented guy is our Mayor. So this is a photograph of Cordes in the sky from higher up in the sky!!

Photograph by Christian Hot

Monday, March 19, 2007

Luca Webcam

Luca Webcam

At long last we have Broadband ADSL, or at least the Mayor managed to get a private company to set up a WiFi system which mean that my frustration level has dropped enormously.

Working with images has been difficult and keeping up with posting a daily photograph has been very difficult at times.

This is a photography of our grandson Luca, regulars of Réal DP will know I post a photo of him at least once a month usually taken by his Mum.

The biggest bonus is we can now see Luca on a webcam and see him walking and starting to get up to mischievous. Great technology when you can get it!

Thank you Mr. Mayor.

Image by Izabel James

Sunday, March 18, 2007



A week ago we walking around in glorious sunshine, Spring had arrived in abundance and nature was showing off. We stopped off for lunch in the lovely Bastide village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val just over in the Tarn et Garonne. All in all a beautiful day.

Today we are plunged back into winter which looks to last for the rest of the week. Oh were is that sunshine I crave.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Film Set

Film Set

The village of Valès in the Forest of Grésigne, Tarn France.

Look to me as if you could use this for a film set for bygone days - not a lot had changed!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Telephone Exhibition

Telephone Exhibition

Is this the smallest exhibition centre in the world? If it is it is situated at the side of the church in Réal in the Tarn France.

First featured here on 1st of January this year.

It now has an exhibition of art from the local children which is for the coming of Spring.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lonely Church

Lonely Church

On a bright sunny Spring day the light highlighted this lonely church. It sits beside the road near to one of the Bastide villages in the Tarn called Cordes-sur-Ciel.

I have often wanted to photograph it and this time the light was just right - for me anyway!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Running Water

Running Water

Sounds like a native American name from an old western movie but it is running water from a stream in the Forest of Grésigne in the northern Tarn. What a beautiful place and this is the third photograph from our visit there on Sunday.

In the northern part of the Tarn the earth turns to red. An amazing change and in this image you can see it the colour of the water.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Tree Moss

Tree Moss

In the Forest of Grésigne in the northern part of the Tarn held a few surprises.

Early spring and walking through the forest with the vibrant sounds of nature The forest was coming alive and next to the soothing sound of running water I discovered moss covered trees.

It is a special time of year because I love spring and the quickness of natures awakening.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid

This wild Orchid was photographed on this wonderful spring day in the Forest of Grésige in the northern part of the Tarn. Spring was really showing off with some trees in blossom and a carpet of wild flowers.

This photograph is dedicated to Eric at Paris DP – the guy who got us hooked on this – because it is the second anniversary of PDP. Well done Eric and thanks for the inspiration.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Vineyard Preparation


The preparation begins for cutting back for this year’s new growth and grapes which will then be turned into next years wine.

The cycle continues.

This link will take you to the series I have already posted on wine preparation in France

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Rain in Spain

Where's the gold?

Well the rain in Spain has been falling mainly in the south of France. This is an image that I took some time ago and it is more romantic than the rain filled days we have been having lately.

Yea I know, the gardens needs it and all that, but I need the sun and lots of it.

Hope the sun comes out soon, or I will have to find another rainbow and go in search of that gold!

Monday, March 05, 2007



Lots of the trees over the past few days have just burst into blossom.

Nice, nice and more nice. I love it spring is on the way.

So how is your blossom?

Sunday, March 04, 2007



Has Spring already arrived? Trees are in blossom the grass is covered in all sorts of little flowers and the temperature today was not far off 20°C.

The only problem is that we are getting a lot of rain. Yes of course the garden needs it, but I like nice sunny warm weather - won't be long I'm thinking.

Saturday, March 03, 2007



Still not getting out to get any photographs taken.

This is our very own Billy the cat who we found at the side of the road near the Luxembourg border about five years ago. We lived in a small apartment in Paris and I would never have a cat couped up in a small apartment. But what do you do when the cat finds you? No contest!

Billy would sit out on what used to be our flower window box looking at the world of buildings that surrounded us and I would feel sad for her as she no freedom............

Billy now has a whole garden and more to enjoy her freedom. Such joy.

This photo has been slightly enhanced with Photoshop.

Friday, March 02, 2007


smile please

Still along way from the Tarn but after a period of time where Réal Daily Photo has been missing days this is an image that began the digital age for me.

Self portrait of me and the wife!

More of the Tarn to come soon.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

tv wheels

tv wheels

If you can't get into a real racing car there are always other ways. Renault car showroom on the Champs Elysees, Paris.

I have been out of the loop of posting a Daily Photo, so perhaps I can get up to speed again by posting this image taken when I lived in Paris.