Beth Samuels who is visiting the village of Messandrierre
AW Beth, tell us a little about yourself.
BS Where to start. Well, I was born in Yorkshire and have lived there all my life. My parents are dead, unfortunately, but I do have three brothers who are all older than me. I studied at Leeds University and now I live in my own house on the outskirts of Leeds and I'm thinking about my using my skills as a photographer on a more commercial basis.
AW I see and what got you interested in photography in the first place.
BS My dad really. He was a very keen amateur photographer himself. He belonged to a number of camera clubs and, from being a youngster, I've watched him line up shots and heard him talk about focus and light and F numbers for the aperture of the lens and so on. He had a dark room for a long time and I used to help him in there too. I've still got some of his old cameras, but I don't use them now. They just decorate the top of my bookshelves in the room at the back of my house on the outskirts of Leeds.
AW So being here in the Cévennes will present you with ample opportunity for scenic photos...
BS Yes, that's what I'm hoping for.
BS I've not got a fixed date to return to the UK but I would like to get back home before the end of the month.
AW But you've visited the village before I think…
BS Yes, I was here a year ago. But for little more than a week really. I had personal things to a deal with at home, so I couldn't stay longer.
AW But a little bird tells me that you met Jacques, the local gendarme, when you were here last…
BS Umm, yes I did. And if you know that then someone in the village has been talking. The people are very friendly here but of course they all know everyone else's business. I'm used to Leeds and the buzz of city life and the anonymity that brings.
AW But you will be staying for a little while…and it's a very small place…so it will be hard to avoid Jacques…BS Now you're teasing me. If I run into Jacques, then…I don't know. I have to focus on the business that brings me here and the village is very different from home and very quiet. I think I will need that solitude to enable me to conclude everything in connection with the chalet. Maybe, when I've done all that there might just be a little time for a coffee and a catch-up with Jacques. Perhaps.
You can read more about Beth's reasons for visiting the village and whether she and Jacques do meet up again in my book Messandrierre. Follow the buy links below.
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