Dune du Pilat – Arcachon

  It’s not often you encounter views that confuse the mind. Walking up from a car park hidden beneath a dense canopy of pine trees I reach what can only be described as a mountain of pure white sand. I start the ascent, not easy work and laugh with others about slow progress and burning […]

Where are our retreats?

Exploring the Dordogne this winter has discovered true love in me for this part of the world. There is great contrast between the seasonal experiences of this special place. Out of season raw beauty is offered without adornment, a clear view with priceless stillness, silence and expansive space. The light and colours brighter than summer […]

Fairy-tale in the sky

The temperature has changed tonight, a muggy feeling is in the air beckoning me out to explore starlit scenes. The night is a blanket of black to the far horizon, an occasional pinprick of light peeking from open shutters, stars in fact hidden from view by pervading cloud. After following a sharp bend in the […]

Cycling in the Dordogne

  This feels truly free. Beautiful blue skies wash a spectacular richness of colour over the earth, empty tracks weave all over the countryside allowing me to savour every view. I cycle through vineyards, valleys, around aquamarine lakes, through medieval hamlets and past shuttered farmhouse after farmhouse. I feel like I am pedaling through an […]