The challenge this week was not with my subjects, but rather with the raindrops.
You can see these pictures were taken on several different days. Instead of being a serious photo-journalist (ahem) and setting out when the sun was bright and beckoning, this weekend I lolled, read and bent over occasionally to pull up an errant weed.
The rest of the time I gazed in wonder and admiration at our new potager and watched as Fernand planted five new rose bushes. Pure bliss.
Yesterday I drove into Paris especially to snap some shots. Everyone was lovely, I must have my patter down perfectly now -- that and the chic card of course.
Only one sweet lady refused. She said to me: "No, you simply can't. You have no idea how old I am. I'm not pretty. Look at all the pretty girls on the street. You are absolutely adorable, but I would ruin everything for you."
Let me tell you, she was stunning and I told her so, but she would have none of it even when I explained I purposely never take pictures of very young women. Too bad for us.
(The blond lab sun bathing in front of his master's beauty salon got up and walked inside when I tried for a second, close-up shot. Guess that's sort of a "merci, mais non.")
As for trends: ballerinas continue and sandals are beginning to come out. Some are the strappy, strappy gladiator types, others are classics, lots are silver. The beautiful blonde all the way at the top (holding my card btw) is wearing suede sandals and gray nail polish on her toes.
The trendy woman in the gray dress toting a large Chanel bag (I somehow managed not to get in the picture) has shocking pink on her toes and the jolie femme in the black sun dress, sunglasses and silver sandals has crimson on hers.
And that's the news dans les rues this week.
The first group of photos are in Paris, the second in the village you know so well. I've been trying for ages to catch someone on a bicycle. This charming woman is my first. I hope there will be more. As she pointed out she wasn't supposed to be on the sidewalk, but it made it much easier for me to trot along side and only have to worry about being run down by pedestrians and not cars.