May 19, 2012

Welcome to Abuchon.

My name is Sriprae (pronounced see・pray) McDonald. I like to imagine, contemplate and take walks. For breakfast I prefer coffee; before bedtime I prefer tea. I think nature is beautiful, and I miss seeing tall, gnarled ancient trees–they don’t exist in my suburb. I love rain, and the sound of thunder is symphony to my ears.

Abuchon is a fictional town in rural France where in autumn the distance hills radiate colors of deep yellows, crisp oranges and flamboyant reds. As you enter the town centre the asphalt ends and cobblestone begins. Automobiles are prohibited. Yes, well, the streets are too narrow, you see. If you arrive during the morning you’ll be greeted with the aroma of fresh baked bread and robust coffee.

SMAbuchon is also a publishing company I started in 2009 when I self-published my novel Cedric (available on Amazon.com), wherein the town of Abuchon exists.

Here, Abuchon is home to some of my creations (design creations, that is), photography and my musings (which are life observations…or life lessons).

As of Spring 2014 I embarked upon the adventures of self-employment. Up until this point I have worked for the corporate and nonprofit industries. This phase of my life will be different–it’s certainly a new experience for me. Some days the uncertainty scares me, and other days the freedom and possibilities exhilarate me. Needless to say, this will be a learning experience. When I started this blog, Abuchon was a place for me to share my photography, recipes, and thoughts on life. It will continue to feature those things, but as my time and interests veer towards building my company I would like to share what I have learned along the way and what inspiration and advice I have gleaned from others.

Again, welcome to Abuchon.  I hope you enjoy it here.


21 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Sriprae, thank you for following my blog! I hope you like future posts of mine that you see. I love tea and I also love rain and thunder too – sometimes I find recordings of them on spotify to listen to when I go to sleep. I’m off to India this year during monsoon so that will be a great treat (nice that the rain will be warm – its often cold rain here!)

    • Hello Peter, thank you for visiting my blog and following, too. 🙂 How lovely to be able to go to India! I’ve never been but I’m sure there will be more than ample opportunities for capturing fabulous pictures. I hope you have a wonderful trip and get to enjoy their warm rain. 🙂

  2. I agree with Alice… I think Abuchon is a place I’d like to visit. I’m so intrigued by your book I think I just may have to hop on over to Amazon and make a purchase. Beautiful blog. I will be back. 🙂

    • Hello Karista!
      Thank you for stopping by. I’m thrilled that you’re intrigued by the book. 🙂 You have a lovely blog as well. I’m glad that you’ll be back. I saw on your site that you have a blueberry ginger salsa recipe. Oh my! I never thought of incorporating blueberries into a salsa before. How brilliant!

    • Hello Megan! Thank you for the compliment. A tip I learned from another photographer is to have great lighting. Natural lighting is the best. I have a table next to a window where I take most of my food pictures. It’s amazing what just a bit of natural light can do for a picture. Another blogger has some excellent tips (her blog is very nice as well): http://peegaw.tumblr.com/FAQs

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