Cold Wheels

Like much of France, it’s been cold and we’ve had some snow recently. As a result, these old cartwheels (and birdbath) that sit at the back of our house were looking pretty chilled last week – and not in a good way.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chilled

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Rive Gauche (3)

The third and final set of doors from the left bank of the nearby town of Confolens.

Spot the snapper:


Thursday Doors 15 February 2018

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

As any football fan knows, the World Cup is taking place this summer. Four years ago, during the previous one, Madame made an appropriate cake for our twin grandsons’ seventh birthday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

Tuesday Photo Challenge: In My Life

Frank was inspired for this week’s prompt by the Beatles’ song ‘In My Life’ (I assume that’s the reference anyway). I know it well:

‘There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain’

I was born and grew up on Merseyside, and although I haven’t lived there for more than forty years and my home now is very much here in France, my roots will always be in Liverpool.

You can take the boy out of Liverpool, but you can never take Liverpool out of the boy.

Neil Young (in ‘Helpless‘) also has something to say about the importance of where you grew up:

‘And in my mind
I still need a place to go,
All my changes were there’

Last time I was back there I spotted this, covering some scaffolding in the city centre, so I grabbed a quick photograph with my mobile phone.

It seems like fair comment to me.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: In My Life

Stained Glass Monochrome

The main interest in photographs of stained glass usually lies in the vibrant colours.

However, a monochrome image, such as this one of a window in the church of Saint Cirq Lapopie, helps to accentuate the intricacy of the patterns that go to make up the overall effect.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Rive Gauche (2)

This week, more doors from the other side of the river in Confolens.

Whatever function this building had originally, I believe it is now  an office:

Brown seems to be the predominant colour this week:

This old shopfront is my favourite from this week’s selection. Unfortunately, there were cars parked right in front of it, so I couldn’t get a head-on view, but it certainly has bags of character:

This one looks like it was squeezed in as an afterthought:

And finally, something a little more colourful:

Thursday Doors 8 February 2018

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beware Of The ‘Sheep’

WordPress’ Photo Challenge for this week asks for an image of where we live.

The eponymous village at the centre of the commune where we live is called Mézières-sur-Issoire. With the best will in the world, you couldn’t describe it as a tourist destination. There are no buildings of particular historical interest (although it does have its fair share of interesting doors). In the summer, tourists are more likely to pass through than to stop, unless it’s to use the parking facilities for mobile homes.

However, it can boast a touch of whimsy, in the form of the concrete sheep that are dotted around along the main road. This is sheep country after all.

I well remember the first time we saw them, as we drove into the village that has now become our home. They are – at least if you’re in a moving car – quite realistic, and are positioned so that they appear to be about to cross the road. They’re at least as effective as a speed bump – the first time, at any rate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide