Mont Blanc Collection

While I was working – and, obviously, getting paid far too much – in the parallel universe that is investment banking, I built up a nice little collection of Mont Blanc writing instruments. Although nowadays I only use the Rollerball (second from bottom) on a regular basis, I do occasionally break out that fantastic Meisterstück fountain pen (top of the image) and write like people used to.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pens

Reading the map

A tourist couple decide what to see next during their visit to the island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid

Thursday Doors: Bussière-Poitevine

Bussière-Poitevine is a sizeable village about a fifteen minute drive from here at Tranquility Base. From our perspective it’s probably most notable for being the location of the charity shop where Madame volunteers and having a boulangerie that produces indecently good patisserie.

But it also has many interesting doors, as I discovered on a recent doorscursion and as you will over the next few weeks.

Although there are more independent commercial premises still operating in Bussière than in many other similar-sized villages here in rural France, there are even more that have fallen by the wayside, such as this garage mechanic:

Next door to that is another unused door. Strictly speaking, you can only see the shutter, but the colour is very striking:

Trade here was once, of course, primarily agricultural, which explains the many barn doors to be found, even in the heart of the village. Some are in a rather better state than others:

Finally for this week, I have no explanation of what could once have lain behind this very small door in the corner of an old house:

Thursday Doors 12 September 2019

Paper

Sheets of hand-made paper hanging to dry at the Moulin du Got, where paper is still made using traditional methods.

Posted in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with the theme of ‘Paper’

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus

Frank’s theme this week is ‘Focus’. We’re all supposed to try and get our images pin-sharp, apparently, but sometimes a little judicious out-of-focus or bokeh seems to make the focus stand out even more.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus

Beware of low-flying motorbikes

There’s a bikers’ hotel in the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine. With this sign hanging from the wall, it’s hard to miss

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

Thursday Doors: Perigueux – Fin de Série

At last, the well of doors from Perigueux seems to have run dry…

…although we are going back again in a few weeks. so who knows?

Last week, we finished with a green door, so in the interests of continuity….

This door seems to be sitting quietly at the bottom of a tower, trying not to be noticed:

While this one is tucked away in a little courtyard, close to a rather good Indian restaurant:

And sometimes you just have to keep your eyes peeled:

These next two are the same, but different:

And finally, it’s not really about the door in this instance, but this is an impressive shopfront:

Thursday Doors 5 September 2019