Behind the bust

At the Chateau Azay-le-Ferron, in the Indre département of central France, this bust of a former owner sits on a mantelpiece in front of a mirror that gives away some of the secrets of its construction.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Thursday Doors: Pompadour – The Stables

As promised, this week we have a selection of stable doors from in and around the town of Pompadour.

To begin, a couple of external shots from the National Stud:

And once you go inside….

Not surprisingly, the presence of the National Stud in Pompadour has led to a number of other stables and breeding companies being established in the vicinity. These two images were captured at  one of the leading private stables close by. They also prove that, on this occasion at least, it wasn’t too late to close the stable door.

Thursday Doors 13 June 2019

Who you gonna call….?

No, this isn’t my new smartphone…

Last weekend we visited the Chateau at Azay-le-Ferron. This telephone, now located in the kitchen, was apparently the first (so number one) telephone to be installed in the entire Indre département. Which of course begs the question of who could they call?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Road

Out here in the French countryside there are many roads like this: leading who knows where and accessible only by tractor.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Road

Poppy

Last year, we (which is to say Madame) sowed a selection of wild flowers in a couple of raised beds in our garden. This year we have a colourful swathe of bright orange poppies, which have obviously self-seeded.

Monochrome, however, helps to bring out the detail of the heart of the flower.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flower

Thursday Doors: Pompadour (2)

This week, another selection of doors from the town of Pompadour, in central France.

To begin with, three doors for the price of one in this photo, taken from the inside of the Chapel St-Blaise

This is a great door – such a shame that somebody saw fit to park their car right outside it. Honestly, some people…

Two contrasting doors next to each other:

Rather grander, this one:

Next week, given that Pompadour – as the home of the French National Stud – is a very horsey kind of place, a selection of stable doors (both before and after the horse has bolted).

Thursday Doors 6 June 2019

And the winner is….

Cee’s theme for her Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘Smile’.

The nearby town of Le Dorat is hosting the World Sheep-shearing Championships next month and already the place is en fête in anticipation. An amusing feature of the preparations is the decoration of shop windows with paintings related to the theme, including this one.

As far as I know, the Mondial de Tonte, as it’s called, isn’t a sheep beauty competition, but the winner here is certainly smiling, even if the runners-up don’t look too happy.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smile