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Raiding my bookshelves for a title again today, and sorry to all the French speakers, I had to use the title of the English translation since, when I looked at the puplication details I saw that the original was 'La Maison de Claudine', in fact, I think, a less good title than 'la maison de ma mθre', I wonder if that was Collette's own idea or the publishers'.

Anyway, by now you must be thinking, what an odd title for this subject. In fact the building in the background is exactly 'My Mother's House', and her garden wall along from it. Maybe a bit personal for TE, but I thought such a good hunt opportunity, that I could bend the rules.

When I was growing up it never occurred to me that there was anything odd about most of our niehgbours being dead, until it was pointed out to me by visiting school friends. The circumstance being a consequence of my ancestors selling off some of the garden to the church about 150 years ago, when the original graveyard filled up.

I'd rejected all the shots I took orginally since I found it impossible to balance up the extreme contrast on them all. In the end I persevered with this one, adjusted curves, some gradient adjustment, dodging the tree looked odd. There's still a bit of OE, mainly on the sunlit graves, but in the end I think not too bad.

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Additional Photos by Richard Gatward (RGatward) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3757 W: 141 N: 3794] (20086)
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