Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist.  The locals were wrong – summer had not arrived in Southern Brittany or at least not on the permanent basis they suggested.  A day in Josselin was spent dodging monsoon-like showers beneath a Primark umbrella designed to collapse after just one.

In an earlier post (Perfect Day) I observed that it is good to remember old friends (it was Jim Clark – my first and last real hero). To be carved in marble must be one of the ultimate accolades and a first class ticket to eternal remembrance – this is Marguerite de Rohan lying next to her other half, Olivier de Clisson, in Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier, Josselin.


But there is a twist – imagine spending eternity with this little chap nibbling at your feet:

How much is that doggy...


  1. easyweimaraner · May 24, 2014

    That’s the prove that the dog is always on our side :o) The summer is far away here, today we had such a cold rain it was a Mayvember or something like that :o)

    • northumbrianlight · May 24, 2014

      Not so bad in St Malo this afternoon. We are staying overnight at an out of town Ibis – earlyish ferry in the morning. Hotel is right next door to a shopping mall – big mistake – the beloved is delighted. I could do with a big dog to keep me amused 😉

      • easyweimaraner · May 24, 2014

        that happend once in Paris to us, the hotel was directly next door to a giant outlet-center :o)

  2. Tina Schell · May 24, 2014

    Ahhh, I think he’d be a lovely eternal companion! Do you think he’s buried w her?

  3. suej · May 24, 2014

    It was quite the thing to have the faithful companion with you in Italian and other funerary sculptures…. Glad to see we share the same first and last hero in Jim Clark

    • northumbrianlight · May 24, 2014

      I think I should have known that, thanks for ‘reminding’ me 😉
      Re Jimmy – you are a lady of very fine judgement – I have a post about him that I will publish before too long. All the best – R.

      • suej · May 24, 2014

        Look forward to your post, Robin

  4. restlessjo · May 24, 2014

    They look quite serene. I think he’s only licking 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · May 25, 2014

      You may be right Jo – I now understand that the dogs got to be buried with their owners. I would be livid and definitely not just licking 🙂

      • restlessjo · May 25, 2014

        Like the Egyptian stuff? Not much of a reward for faithful service, is it? Happy Sunday, Robin! Homeward bound? Don’t hurry- it’s wet 🙂

      • northumbrianlight · May 25, 2014

        Thanks Jo – that’s disappointing – glorious morning in St Malo. Up early to get in the queue for the ferry. It is an hour ahead here so you must be an early riser!

  5. Heyjude · May 24, 2014

    I think a dog at the feet, or supporting the feet, usually indicates loyalty and is generally for women. I like your photos in B&W they look very sharp.

    • northumbrianlight · May 25, 2014

      Many thanks and thanks for the explanation and stopping by. The sharpness is down to the prime lens on the Fuji X100s and its magical sensor. These were shot at ISO 6400 in very dim light.

  6. greenmackenzie · May 25, 2014

    Aw he looks so cute…just a wee chew of his own toes!
    I must work on getting a marble likeness commissioned to ensure I’m remembered for ever…perhaps Skye marble…..
    Beautiful photos as always

  7. sustainabilitea · May 25, 2014

    That is a twist but not an unusual one. Dogs often were buried with owners. Good choice for the challenge.


  8. LaVagabonde · May 25, 2014

    I never realized how soft and serene marble can be. Lovely shots, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · May 25, 2014

      Thanks Julie – again owes much to the Fuji X100s at 6400 ISO. Much less intrusive than flash and no unexpected/harsh shadows. This reply from somewhere in the English Channel 🙂

  9. littledogslaughed · May 28, 2014

    Beautiful shots Robin-and what a wonderful reminder of the unending loyalty of our canine companions-they are truly with us always-and I agree-your images show how soft and almost caressing the marble can be-

    • northumbrianlight · May 29, 2014

      Many thanks, much appreciated. The Fuji X100s has a remarkable sensor – more to do with the camera than me 😉

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