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I’m back! Again.

Hello, I’m back. I apologise for just disappearing but I have been for a wonderful break to the South of France with a girlie mate for a week of gallery hopping and museum visits. Oh and lots of yummy food. I took 342 photographs so I will need a while to sort them all and I promise not to bore you all with too many of them but it was such a wonderful week, I do have to share some of it with you.

I came across this sculpture outside the Museé d’Arte Comtemporaine in Nice. Quite scary really, I hadn’t realised the cult of Daddy Papersurfer was so popular in France….

The prize for the cutest moment of the trip went to this little creature (no, not DP) who we watched for ages in the zoo in St Jean Cap Ferrat. He was SOOOOOO sweet! He was trying to be like his meerkat mummy – are baby meerkats called meerkittens? I must look it up.

The Worst Menu Translation prize goes to the ‘Trastevere’ restaurant in Villefranche sur Mer for it’s translation of the word ‘pignons’ (pinenuts) in the Salade Chevre Chaud on its lunch menu. Would you like oil with those, madame?

Most Spectacular View prize goes to the view from the Botanical Gardens at Eze. This photograph does not begin to do it justice.

Most Wonderful Street Art prize goes to the various installations which follow the path of the new tram system in NIce. These figures sit atop tall posts and at night light up and change colour. I love them but they are not universally admired – some detractors call them the ‘jelly babies’.

My favourite museum is just outside the hill top village of St Paul de Vence. It’s called the Fondation Maeght and it is the most beautiful tranquil place, full of wonderful sculpture and paintings – especially by Miró, Calder, Giacometti and Braque who were all friends of the founders of the Fondation, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght. Interestingly, there is an exhibition at the Royal Academy in London at the moment featuring the relationship between these four artists and the Maeghts.

I have been visiting the Fondation Maeght for 20 years or so and have always pronounced it ‘Fondation Mekt’. I recently found out it is actually pronounced ‘Fondation Magg’. I’m not quite as sophisticated as I thought I was!

I found this photo of my youngest son, taken in front of a fountain at the Fondation Maeght about 15 years ago. The fountain is still there but the little boy is now a grown man. Happy days.

Smarter than the average bear….


Another dull Sunday. The weather is horrid, so I have decided to hole up and sort this room out once and for all and get the Etsy store up and running. Procrastination is all very well but enough is enough. I wish the sun would shine though. It doesn’t encourage a cheery mood when the sky is grey for weeks on end.

On a brighter note, I discovered these videos. The first one continues the animal theme which has recurred several times this week. We do tend to anthropomorphize animals. This video reminds us that as cute and cuddly as pandas look, they still need keeping an eye on. Particularly if you have one with an eye for fashion.

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This next video, I shall post without comment. Except to say it did make me smile (or is that a grimace?)

Before you despair at the intelligence of the human race altogether, I just read this at Inhabitat

“Researchers at the Giant Panda Breeding Base in Chengdu, China are preparing to follow in the footsteps of Thailand’s Chiang Mai Zoo and turn tons of panda poop into paper. Bing Bing, Ya Guang, Qing Zi and the other thirty-seven pandas at the center produce roughly 2 tons of high-fibre bamboo poop a day! Liao Jun, a researcher at the center believes all the panda poop will be ideal for making souvenir cards, bookmarks, notebooks, even fridge magnets. A product line should be out in about a year (just in time for any Olympic visitors). If you can’t wait until then, you’ll have to travel to Thailand where visitors to the Chian Mai Zoo may purchase an assortment of panda poop paper products thanks to China’s own—Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui.”

Cue gratuitous cute panda photo


I have tied myself in knots trying to think of a smart link between the two videos and this news story and failed miserably. Over to you…