Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

The sewing room of the nearby Chateau du Fraisse is a place of transformation, as fabric and thread are transformed into all manner of clothes and other items:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

Thursday Doors: A Final Few From Mezieres

Some more doors from my latest local doorscursion.

This one is opposite the door with the shadows on it that I featured last week. Back in the day, there would have been a pig behind the lower door and some chickens above. We’ve got one of these outbuildings, although it’s been renovated (and contains garden furniture rather than livestock).

Next to the church is this rather grand edifice, possibly the priest’s house once upon a time:

Although the church steeple can be seen here, it’s actually the back door of the bar/restaurant:

And a couple of doors from just along the road:

And finally, appropriately enough, this door is on the way out of town. Far more interesting than its modern neighbour, I think:

Thursday Doors 23 November 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Progress

Out here in the French countryside, many things are still done as they have been for generations – working off the lunar calendar, for example. However, the local farmers are by no means averse to using technology to make their life a bit easier.

So the horses have been put out to grass and the heavy work is now done with tractors. And that’s progress.

Just ask the horse.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Progress

Table Setting, Medieval Style

This week, Cee’s theme has come round again to anything that might be found in a kitchen. Strictly speaking, I suppose, this table setting in the restored refectory of the Abbaye de La Réau isn’t exactly kitchenware. There again, where else would the dishwasher be?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things That May Be Found In A Kitchen

Thursday Doors: More From Mezieres

About a year ago, I put up a couple of posts featuring doors to be found in our local village of Mézières-sur-Issoire. Those photographs were taken on the day of the annual ‘Expo’ of hobbies and ‘Passions’ (steady on) organised by a local cultural society. Madame was wowing everyone with her quilts in the salle de polyvalente so I went walkabout for a doorscursion.

The 2017 edition of the Expo was held last month. Madame did her wowing again and although I did exhibit some of my photographs they didn’t attract so much interest as to keep me detained

– so I took off for some further door-based exploration, with the results that will appear here over the next few weeks.

Even its most ardent advocates would not argue that Mézières is an ancient or particularly scenic place, so while its doors may lack the antique charm of some that have been posted here, they’re modest and unassuming and nothing if not honest.

I’ve often wondered what lay along the road called Chemin des Vignes that runs off from the square in front of the church. Well now we know:

Take another road less-travelled that runs from the opposite corner of the same square and there’s this:

Back in what you could call the town centre, there’s another example of a closed down commercial premises, to go with the ones I featured in the post ‘A Vendre’. This one was trying to flog electric heating – an uphill task when wood-burning systems are still the norm:

Finally for this week, a well-worn set of garden/garage doors:

Thursday Doors 16 November 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

It was during my ten years in Abu Dhabi that I bought my first DSLR, reigniting my interest in ‘serious’ photography. I spent part of one evening with my new camera sitting on its tripod on the balcony of our apartment doing an exercise recommended by the teacher of one of the weekend courses I took.

The idea was to use a long exposure (eight seconds in this case), during which a zoom lens should be rotated (as smoothly as possible) to give this abstract effect:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bridge

Frank’s theme for this week is ‘Bridge’, so here’s a twofer: two of the bridges that span the River Lot in the town of Cahors.

This more modern road bridge isn’t too shabby, especially when the shadows make it look a little like a set of nutcrackers:

…although the famous one is the medieval Pont Valentré:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bridge