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chez Faivre

chez Faivre

Here’s the house of our friends the Faivres, near Poitiers in France.

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Fan vaulting in Bath Abbey

Fan vaulting in Bath Abbey

Here’s a shot of the delicate fan vaulting in Bath Abbey. This is from our trip in 2002. Unfortunately we took way too much time at the Tourism bureau trying to arrange a B&B for that night.

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Pond 09

Pond 09

Our fish pond emerged from the winter full of algae and organic soup. I don’t know how they managed to breathe in it. So we emptied it and cleaned it yesterday, and returned the fish today. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this clean, and it probably won’t be so again for a long time. Last year we had 49 fish — way too many for this size pond — but now they’re down to a more maneagable 26. This includes one very new one note even gold yet and several that must be 6 years old, put in when we built it.

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the Peachoid

The Peachoid

The Peachoid

One of the great things about my home town of Gaffney, SC, is the Peachoid, a one-million gallon water tower in the shape of a peach. I took this picture at my high school reunion in 2004.

It used to be that no one knew where Gaffney was. Now everyone traveling I-85 between Atlanta and Charlotte, NC (a very busy road) knows Gaffney.

At one time Cherokee County produced more peaches than all of Georgia. It was shown in the Albert Brooks movie Lost in America; however, it was used to indicate their entering Georgia! Cretins.

As part of my blogging experiment, I created a blog about US 29, which I-85 essentially follows. 29 runs right through Gaffney, and my two sisters still live within a few miles of it, in South Carolina and in Virginia. One day we may take a road trip and follow 29 from Pensacola to Baltimore. Then we’ll complete the blog.

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Gite in Normandy: cat

Gite in Normandy: cat

Another of our France photos. This one from a gite in Normandy, from our 2005 trip.

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Montmartre 2002

Montmartre 2002

Montmartre, the steps leading to Sacre-Couer.

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LaSamaritaine

Samaritaine ironwork

The elaborate ironwork in this photo comes from the legendary Parisian department store, La Samaritaine, alas now closed.  (more…)

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