All posts by mariadam

"Pinay" is slang for a woman.born in the Philippines. I have been living in France for the last 12 years and taking photos is my passion. My husband and I move a lot, travelling and sometimes living from one European city to another. We live in Paris at the moment. I have been to so many cities but the City of Romance is still my favorite. I love to capture the everyday life of Europe particularly Paris and through this blog I would like to share my visual experiences with you. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions about the pictures.

Nature trip

A trip to town followed by a walk in the forest then another walk in the meadow before a quick puttering in the garden…. I am at a loss for words by the beauty of the world around me so just enjoy the photos!

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Rapeseed field in golden yellow…

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Our village is part of the Wine route of southwestern Hungary  IMG_7063b
daisies in my garden 

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lupin, delphinium and poppies in my garden 
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A poppy after the rain

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Neighbours

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Meadow covered with flowers

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A neighbour’s goat with the longest horns!

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Irises in my garden

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Steam coming out of the soil in this corn farm

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A rabbit or a deer? He went scampering across the road as soon as he heard our van approaching!

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A walk in the forest

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Wonder what this crop is??

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Same crop at close up

Fete de la Muguet

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Several years ago when we used to live in the south of France, I received a sprig of “muguet” (lily-of-the-valley in English) from a dear neighbour who, despite losing his wife a while back, went on with the French tradition of muguet-giving, and me, being a recipient of one on that very special day buoyed my heart immensely!

On 1st of May 1561 a bouquet of muguet was given as a lucky charm to King Charles IX of France. From then on, he continued the habit of offering the tiny and delicate flower to all the ladies of the court as a sign of good luck and happiness. This started what today as one of the most beautiful traditions of the country, that of giving muguets to one’s friends or loved ones every First of May.

Irises

 

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“Irises” by Vincent Van Gogh was painted while the artist was a patient at an asylum in the south of France. It fetched a record US$101.2million at an auction in 1990 making it one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.
Now, now, I may be losing my marbles once in a while but I would never be able to paint even a rough caricature of these irises now blooming in my garden. So glad that there are these things called camera and photoshop that I can present them in any way I can …..

Spring Collage

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“Look deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better”, Albert Einstein once said.

We are surrounded with it.
Colours, naturally sculpted trees, floral displays and so much more. They are just out of this world, too good to enjoy all to ourselves so I am creating a collage of what we see each day (as if my almost daily postings are not enough!) but I hope even with this little gesture the sight of them could put a smile on your face, amidst the chaos already happening in this world.

We are still deluged with strong winds and freezing cold weather after a spate of snowflakes, rain and windstorm the previous day. But we had to do some shopping as we are running short of milk, and the first thing that greeted us outside the gate is this fallen tree, struck by the howling gale of last night. This beautiful white flowering tree that I always admired and photographed from the window during a snowy winter. It was blocking the road and despite H’s attempts to push it on the side, it’s too heavy and voluminous to move so we just worked our way, driving the car carefully so we don’t go rolling onto the ditch on the other side.

You see a photo of the roadside tulips being blown by the wind, the lovely palette of colours created by the rapeseed fields against a blue sky as if we are driving through a landscape painting, then a walk in the forest where we are endlessly discovering strange-looking flora…

April deluge

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The weather forecast this morning was of snow and I didn’t believe it. It’s April for goodness’ sake, they must be mistaken. But it did happen, and it’s still happening as I type. Three weather patterns came one after another since this morning: strong winds, rain and now snow. It’s only 5 in the afternoon so I wonder what will happen next. Oh well, I will continue to sit next to the fire and debate which one of my long-shelved thousand and ten projects needs urgent attention. I have enough projects that could last me three retirements, you see. But I’ve been procrastinating as usual. How can’t I when I am surrounded by beautiful works of nature needing to be photographed and scrapped! In the meantime, I need to finish mixing my bread and lemon pudding ingredients which have been sitting in the kitchen since this morning.

Truly, a woman’s work is never done!