Not Your Average Knocker

The Public Art Challenge is all about portraying items that are visible from the street, so what could be more out in the open than a door knocker?

This one, in the medieval quarter of the city of Cahors, in south-west France, is a little out of the ordinary in a macabre kind of way.

PPAC 18 September 2021

Diffraction

Patterns of reflections and diffraction from a half-full (or should that be half-empty?) glass of water sitting on our dining table.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns

The Unbreakable Bond

As Madame says, the umbilical cord is never really cut.

Our daughter and one of her twin boys (my, how they’ve grown).

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Greatest Love Of All

Under April Skies

I took this photo from outside my front door at dusk one evening back in April this year. The exceptional mackerel sky was too dramatic to ignore.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Vendange Time

The vendange (vintage) is the annual wine harvest, when the grapes are picked from the vines. It’s usually done around late September or early October, the exact time depending on meteorological vagaries.

The 2021 vintage is probably going to be a shocker because of the awful weather we’ve had this year. However, this image, from a chateau in the Bordeaux region, harks back to a more promising time.

CMMC 8 September 2021: Dark Green

(waist)coat of many colours

….although you might call it a vest.

This is part of the front of a waistcoat that I picked up in Spitalfields market in London more years ago than I care to think of.

I wear it when I’m feeling particularly rebellious. So hardly ever.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Coat Of Many Colours

Look At The Baby…

In one of the narrow, winding streets around the great cathedral of Chartres, I spotted this slightly disconcerting sign featuring a baby. The presence of the passing pedestrian helped to make the shot.

PPAC 3 September 2021

Sweeping

This old stone staircase in the Bordeaux town of Saint-Emilion is rather grand, especially considering that it’s not in a stately home but rather an open-sided building housing a number of artisan workshops.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Steps

Raindrops on roses #3

A familiar subject and one I’ve ‘done’ a couple of times before.

This image is different to the others, but as I’ve said before, don’t expect whiskers on kittens any time soon.

CMMC 1 September 2021

Turning Stones To Bread

The theme for the Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘We Are The World’, which – at least in this blogger’s personal opinion – is a cloying, cliché-ridden dirge produced (or should that be ‘perpetrated’?) by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, who really could – and should – have done better. Or just not bothered.

But I digress. I have no image to go with this title. However, in part the lyrics read “turning stones to bread”.

Stones have an integral role to play in the making of bread, from the millstones that grind the wheat to the bricks that make up the ovens that bake the loaves.

That gave me the inspiration to post this image of the interior of a very large communal bread oven, in the open-air museum of Montrol-Sènard. The ceiling is quite a triumph of the bricklayers’ art.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: We Are The World