by Mike.

This is one of my all-time favorite pieces of art in the chateau:


It’s hanging in one of the master bedrooms – the room, in fact, where Joan of Arc slept when she stayed the night.


It says, “FATHERLESS – Oh for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is still.”


I want to do a re-enactment of this, maybe holding a cat up to a picture of a dog.



Filed under Chateau St. Julien L'Ars, Europe, France, Photography

4 responses to “Fatherlessness

  1. Kandace Loewen

    Hi Azure and Mike; We are all blessed to be able to experience the Chateau, because it goes back 30+ years when a good friend of mine introduced me to Linda and Nash. Linda is one of my closest friends and I hope that you were able to spend some time together when they were there last week and get to know each other. Nash found the Chateau through an initial investment he never realized he would eventually own! And his Mother and Father influenced him to appreciate and support the arts, as his parents were both in the theatre. And his vision is to open up the Chateau to the arts community, both locally and internationally. Thought you would enjoy the story! I certainly enjoyed your ghost story and your night experience! As I was reading I imagined you capturing an image of the ghostly figure! Maybe on another night!! Have fun..Kandace

  2. Aunt Penny and Uncle Jim

    To Azure –

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Azure, Happy Birthday to you.

    Thinking of you.

    Love, Penhy

  3. David Carter

    Hello Azure and Mike,

    First: Happy Birthday dear Azure. I hope that you’re having a fantastic day, that the sun is shining as brightly there at the chateau as it is here in London. I wish you more happiness than you can imagine in the coming year.

    I spent the morning at Westminster Abbey looking at all of the tombs of the dead people. Tons of tourists, but I managed to slip into a private chapel inside to meditate and pray and, magically, one of the Abbey staff, not seeing me alone in there, closed the door and at last I had a long draught of silence and solitude. Hard to do in the middle of London! Mike: I’m afraid that I’m going to have to chat with you about that painting in the chateau; it was extraordinarily compelling to me, too. Sorry to continue to rattle your cage. Also, I am so impressed by the pictures that I see here that you’ve taken. Some of them are breathtaking. You’re obviously an artist.

    Can’t wait to regale you all with my tale of detention by UK Border Security! Fantastic!

  4. David Carter

    Hmmm…now, Mike, I’m not sure whether you really liked that picture or if you were being facetious. Either way, you can be sure I’ve got a commentary of my own….

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