The ceramists among its members don’t know it yet. But now that I am formally registered in the “photography” category of their Fédération, I intend to suggest that they take on the restoration of the fountain at the Office de tourisme. Such a suggestion may not sound like a big deal, except I now have more experience on how things work over here. Believe me: there is no such thing as a simple suggestion. Ouh la-la. I hear it already: “Restore the fountain? Do we have an official decree from the patrimonial services? Are any of our members trained in and graduated from a national entity specialized in the matching of contemporary mosaic chips with those produced in the late 19th-early 20th centuries? Is this artefact more valuable than the (insert your favorite artefact here)? Is this fountain not a symbol of proletarian aspirations to a bourgeois mindset? Or, is it not rather a reminder of the Arabo-Andalusian roots of some of the town’s inhabitants? Or…” . And so on. Nonetheless, being from far away under different climes, I have a quasi-formal dispensation to say outrageous things, such as: “How about taking on the restoration of the fountain at l’Office de tourisme?” I may as well make use of the privilege.
An interesting experience, yesterday in Gaillac, where I sat down at Le café des sports with six other bloggers from neighboring towns and villages. All of them have community-oriented blogs. Given the small geographical territory the six of us cover, the diversity of approaches was an interesting feature of the discussion. It was also an opportunity to see one’s own production through the eyes of others. As I rarely get out of Graulhet these days, that aspect of the meeting was particularly interesting for me. We’ll be meeting again and, possibly, setting up a common portal in order to give the region (and the individual blogs) greater visibility – that second aspect is not a priority in my case, but I have nothing against it either.
Except for a lunch break to recharge both my batteries and the camera’s, there’s a full day of photography ahead : several scenes being filmed in “Un hiver rouge”. Which means that, writing-wise, it will be long-hand scrawls in my pocket notebook with, hopefully, some quieter time tomorrow to continue the revision I’ve begun on the principal characters.