Five at Five – Margaret of From Pyrenees to Pennines

Oh look! Bren, of Brashley Photography fame has interviewed me for her weekly series of posts about fellow bloggers – Five at Five. Read all about it – here. And thank you Bren: I feel very honoured.


This week’s Five at Five Intro features Photographer Margaret. Margaret says in her About Page of Pyrenees to Pennines blog.

We live in Yorkshire. Until March 2014, we had lived in the Ariège, southern France, and we spent six and a half years there. I shared many of the experiences we had there in this blog, which was then called ‘Life in Laroque‘.

The beach, a favorite place to be.

Five at Five Questions – Photography

  • When and how did you start on your photographic journey?

Two things happened in 2007. We moved to live in France; and I went on a largely solo trip to India. Both seemed to require the services of a decent camera and an inquisitive eye.

  • What subject do you like photographing the most?

I don’t have a niche. I like to gather impressions of the landscape or townscape that I am in, particularly if…

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Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

37 thoughts on “Five at Five – Margaret of From Pyrenees to Pennines”

  1. Margaret, I really enjoyed reading Bren’s article about you. You are truly a special person, but I knew that already. FYI: I used auto on my camera for a very long time and I still default to that from time to time. 😀 😀

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  2. For someone who considers themselves a snapshot-ist you take some excellent photographs. I always love your posts from the travelling, photos and writing and your monthly book reviews have led me to authors and books I may never have discovered. I am very glad to have met you.


  3. I love the way you describe yourself as ‘shapshot-ist’, Margaret. I think that’s a great occupation. Requires a huge amount of curiosity and readiness, in order to notice the easily overlooked. I enjoy your photographs and stories very much. Congratulations on the interview!

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  4. Thank you Britta. I have fun anyway. And I also enjoy reading your posts. You have such an original eye, which manifests itself in words, not images.


  5. Oh, excellent! Love your determined stance re Snapshotist! Doesn’t really do you credit as you do indeed have an inquisitive eye and use it well. And like you, the joy of blogging for me is the interactions with others

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  6. Oh a snapshot-ist indeed! I have to disagree and also say don’t do yourself down. A number of your photos are both insightful and often evocative and proof you don’t have to use an SLR to take fine images. Also, I enjoy your posts and the various comments dialogues they generate. Nice to see you being interviewed about your contribution.

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      1. Oh that’s very kind of you to say. I must tell you that your efforts and various trips banging the drum for Europe during the Brexit rubbish were greatly appreciated. Blogging at its best.

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      2. I haven’t got my campaigning mojo back, I’m afraid. I still feel bruised at how little we achieved. Being able to say ‘I told you so’, is no consolation. Malcolm was in an out-patients’ waiting room last week with 5 others of a certain age. Brexiters to a wo/man. They all read – well, you know. And declaimed that only the pandemic had prevented the Brexit dividend emerging. M was keen to find out from them what this was. Oddly, not one of them knew … But we have, apparently, taken back control.

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      3. Sadly, that encounter doesn’t surprise me at all. I have to agree and say that the non-specific notion ‘taken back control’ seems to be the only thing that they claim as a plus as if we didn’t have control in the first place.

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