2. the scenery & food: quiet moments on the land…
Posted in france, pia's photos October 16th, 2009 by pia




Despite what these images may suggest, it was actually an extraordinarily busy and rather stressful weekend, with not much time to relax. But I was determined to walk the land, a treat I always always do, no matter where I am in the world – its my way of connecting with the earth, a very necessary thing for me to do as often as I possibly can. So off I went, alone, into the surroundings with my camera. It was a short wander, but a beautiful one. I sat on the grass between two fields, the sky was growing grey with storm clouds, and I listened. and watched. and quietened my mind…




I came across all sorts of  lovely creatures, all were as curious about me as I was about them. And then there were the apple trees. Oh the apple trees! Chock full of delicious fruit. We were given a lovely pot of homemade apple compote that French Boy will no doubt open with pure delight this weekend.

Location:  Val D’Amour

In our basket: apple compote, homemade jam, baguettes, camembert, comté, morbier, concoillote, Mont d’Or

To drink: cremant, vin blanc et vin rouge tous du jura


Have a fabulous weekend mes chers amis. Thank you for all your comments and emails this week. I’ll be back next week with some more from our weekend in the Jura, including a late night stroll through an old old town, and a surprise soundscape (have you missed them? I have).

Right now we have some delicious cremant chilling in the fridge. I am about to make a roast pumpkin, carrot and garlic rissotto, with a little green salad to end. And then I’m thinking about a plum cobbler. And a long sleep in tomorrow before I get back to work in the afternoon.


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  1. Ann Marie says

    these photos melted my heart…i think i’m in love! not only is my heart calmed, but so is my spirit. a good way to start the weekend. so very relaxing.

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  2. Coleccionando estrellas says

    Have a lovely weekend! Relax, some reading, lots of sleeping and a bottle of nice wine…

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  3. Sophia Mar says

    Beautiful images! I can’t wait to hear the surprise soundscape, yes, I missed them…
    Have a great weekend!

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  4. chelsea says

    These photos are so amazing and I am the same way, Pia. Anywhere I go, I have to wander through the land by myself! My favorite thing to do! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. tracey says

    What absolutely stunning photography! Gorgeous! And your rissotto sounds deeeelish!

    🙂 T

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  6. Victoria says

    What beautiful pictures, I am sure it was refreshing, even if it was a short outing…
    And you meal sounds delicious!
    Enjoy it!

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  7. liz arcus says

    thank you for slowing my mind down Pia…..

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  8. An says

    everything sounds delicious. would love to get the plum cobbler recipe!

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  9. sammy says

    beautiful pictures, I love the flower ones (I’m a little obsessed by dying autumn flowers).
    sounds like you had a lovely time.

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  10. Laura [What I Like] says

    Oh all that cheese…sounds divine! I was reading a book a while back on the secret to happiness and there was quite a long section about the importance of being deeply connected to nature. You clearly figured that part out long ago…

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  11. Lisette says

    A lovely series! I can hardly wait for the next instalment…

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  12. theaxx says

    ah yes, the famous cheese!! 😉
    I had a sad weekend fairwelling Kate of dumbofeather off to NZ the cheeky monkey. Sigh, all my fave people always move away 🙁


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  13. erin says

    lovely photographs. your picnic sounds perfect. and i adore your soundscapes.

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  14. katiecrackernuts says

    Ah, lovely images. I’ll have some of Samoa to put up soon. After I get there and back and all. Packing bubs bits and pieces for a group there that needs them to help restock items lost in the Pacific tsunami. Kinda fun sorting and soaking and washing little persons clothes. They’re too cute.
    Hey, what was the scratching under the boat. Did you fill us all in and I missed it?

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  15. pia says

    thanks guys! The next installment is coming tonight! Or tomorrow, depending on how much I get done in the next few hours left of the day.

    katiecrackernuts – yes i read a little something about your upcoming trip to samoa! I’d love to be doing something like this with you. One day! I had the same feeling about handling the little clothes when i did the shoot for orange babies – it was alot of fun seeing what clothes the kids would be receiving in africa, so so cute!!No I never figured out what the scratching noise under the boat was – still a mystery.

    anthea – thank you for the heads up – I just sent Ms Kate a little bon voyage email, I can’t wait to hear more about her new home. How is your work coming along? Let us know when “it’s” all done!!

    Laura[what I like] – yes the cheese! We’ve been nibbling on it all weekend. And I totally agree, nature = happiness to me.

    an – i don’t actually have a recipe, i just make it up! as with most of my dishes (I’m not sure this is a good thing or not, it means if you dine at my place and I happen to be cooking, expect surprises, both good and bad).

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  16. joanne says

    And…this is why you’re one of my favorite bloggers. Beautiful visuals. Love for Pia!

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