An Unwilling Encore

The week has been a swirl of emotion and activity. Once again I have found myself venturing into the French medical establishment. This time for something a touch more serious than a simple fall.

Birdsong and Snow

This week, winter snow has met spring birdsong.

The End of Summer

There have been a number of signs that summer has left us for this year; apples are appearing in the market, the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, and we have the doonas on the bed. But two things this week have confirmed it for me.

Strawberries, Strawberries, Everywhere

Since my first wild strawberry discovery earlier in the summer, they seem to have popped up all over the place.

Market Bounty

Wednesday morning. It’s an odd point in the week to look forward to, but Wednesday mornings hold one of my favourite moments of the week.

La Fête Nationale Celebrations

This weekend marked La Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day. In Lyon, the celebrations started on Friday afternoon with a military parade, and concluded with fireworks on Saturday night.

Wild Strawberries

It was on an industrial estate that I discovered wild strawberries. They were growing by the road on the edge of a vacant factory lot, hidden amongst a tangle of undergrowth.

The Progression of Spring

The first spring flowers started to appear about a month ago, and we have seen a steady stream of blooms since. The most surprising thing for me has been watching the progression of the flowers.

Early Mornings in the City

One of my favourite times to be out and about in a large city is the early morning, as the city slowly comes to life, and before the usual mass of people arrive.

Lyon's Bridges

The bridges in Lyon are not only practical, they are also beautiful. They have been built at different times thoughout the city’s history, and each has its own unique character.