Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On the train to Avignon: water everywhere!

We enjoyed traveling by train in Europe. It meant we got to our destinations with minimal fuss and practically no stress (once we got used to the process) and Dick had both hands free for his camera. These watery shots were taken between our "home" station, Perpignan, in Languedoc-Roussillon, and one of my must-see cities in France: Avignon. We passed an amazing amount of water on the way. At times there was water on both sides of the train at once, even though we weren't crossing a bridge.

Between Perpignan and Beziers.

Above, and below, between Bezier and Nimes. Unfortunately, the sign
on the lamp-post in the picture below just says "detour"
so it doesn't provide a further clue to location.

Between Nimes and Tarascon.

Almost there — between Tarascon and Avignon.

Posted for
Watery Wednesday, hosted by 2sweetnsaxy of
T. Bruce Photography, who invites us each week to get our eyes wet!

To see what scenes made other photographers' eyes water, please click

T: Trestles, Trains, Tunnels, through The Swiss Alps

© Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear, April, 2011    

Posted for ABC Wednesday, started by Mrs. Nesbitt
and continued by her talented team of alphabetical photographers and writers.
To see how the letter T inspired other bloggers, please click HERE!

Monday, May 30, 2011

My World Tuesday: Avignon, France

April, 2011
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© Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear       

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mellow Yellow from Avignon

© Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear,  April, 2011   

Posted for Mellow Yellow Monday, hosted each week by Drowsey Monkey
Thanks, Drowsey!
To see what other yellows met mellow photo-bloggers, please click HERE!

Life without the internet

I woke up this morning to find my husband pacing up and down with the phone to his ear. He covered the phone and hissed at me, "No internet!"

I didn't know what to do. I always start the day by checking my blog for comments, and checking the blogs I follow so I can leave comments.

I turned on my laptop computer to see if I could find an unsecured wi-fi network in the neighborhood, but couldn't. By the time I decided I should play FreeCell on the laptop instead, my husband was off the phone, so I expected an explanation.

Nothing much was forthcoming. The people at had noticed our signal was "getting low" recently, but hadn't bothered to tell us. Just the signal to our house? We don't know. The computers at the public library work just fine, and there isn't a long lineup behind us, or any lineup at all, so we assume we're the only ones on the horns of this dilemma.

Now, do we move into the public library, bag and baggage? No, there's a sign declaring "No pets allowed" so we wouldn't be able to bring our dog Lindy.

What to do, what to do? I feel as if someone has cut off my right arm. How did I, an early baby-boomer, become so emotionally dependent upon something at which I'd once scoffed?

This is all so surreal. I remember life before the internet, years and years and years of it, but can I recreate it now? No, I cannot. I am hooked. Even 48 or 72 hours of it seems impossible now. This empty feeling must have a label. Is it addiction? Or is it co-dependence?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Succinctly, and glisteningly, yours

She could see the pavement glisten icily as her ride approached.
Would he be able to stop for her?

98 characters
Posted for
a meme hosted by

Each week Grandma herself posts a photo prompt, then gives us a week and offers us an option:
To write something about the picture, either in 140 characters, or in 140 words.
She also invites us to incorporate the word of the week, which, this time, is “glisten”.

To see what the photo prompted others to write, and for how long, please click HERE!

We Love You, for Pet Pride, Pets Forever

We love you, Lindy, oh yes we do,

We love you, Lindy, you know it's true,

When you're not near us, we're blue,

Oh, Lindy, we love you!

Posted for
Pet Pride
Hosted by Bozo and
his family in Mumbai. Thanks, Bozo!

My husband actually started singing "We love you, Lindy" one afternoon, so I just had to look on YouTube, where I actually found a clip from the movie "Bye, Bye, Birdie" — if you didn't click the link at the top of this post, just click here for the movie version of the song Dick sang to Lindy.
(Thanks to ewjvideo for posting this clip.)

Now, to see other pets as their owners see them, please click HERE!

Shadow shots abound in Avignon

Sur le pont d'Avignon, on y danse, on y danse...

© Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear, April, 2011  

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hosted every week by
Tracy of Hey Harriet!
Thanks, Tracy.

To see other shadows shot by other cameras around the world, please click HERE!

Camera Critters: Avignon, France

© Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear, April 5, 2011       

Avignon's most amazing camera critter is this balancing elephant, and I have read it is only temporary, that it was intended to be removed last November. However, it was still there in April, 2011, to see us.

You can see how big these critters and their lunches are by the size of the pigeon on the ledge below.

Posted for the Camera Critters meme, hosted every week by Misty Dawn.
To see other critters caught by other cameras, please click HERE!
I was quite smitten with this brown pigeon, who, in turn, seems to be quite smitten with the white and grey pigeon. I don't remember ever seeing a brown pigeon before.