Misty Morning

Early morning mist on the river Vienne at Chabanais (which thoughtfully also provided the inspiration for an earlier post in this weekly challenge)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Thursday Doors: Chabanais

The town of Chabanais stands on the Vienne river in the neighbouring département of Charente.

It’s about a 45-minute drive from Tranquility Base and we used to go there quite regularly for pub quizzes – until the pub in question closed down abruptly and without explanation (the inevitable rumours suggested that this may have had something to do with tax payments, or absence thereof).

So I hadn’t really seen the town in the daytime until recently, when we visited on a Saturday morning. While Madame did her thing with the quilting group, I slouched off with my camera in search of more doors for your delectation.

Although there’s not much left of the old parts of the place, it can still boast a few interesting doors, so my quest wasn’t entirely fruitless.

As it turns out, most of these images form natural pairs, such as these green doors:

And then there were these:

Two adjacent doors:

And even this single door is a double door, if you see what I mean:

Thursday Doors 9 November 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

Take a long enough time-scale and you could argue that everything is temporary. There’s all the difference in the world, in terms of longevity, between the Great Pyramid and a Higgs boson, however.

At the shorter end of the time frame there are, most obviously, fireworks and flowers.

So here are two images that illustrate the temporary life-cycle of a flower, from our garden earlier this year:

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Kitchen

Frank has chosen ‘Kitchen’ as the theme for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge, so here is an image from the restored kitchens of the medieval Abbaye de La Réau.

Clearly, these are not the original pots and pans and jars – unless Bonne Maman has been making jam for a lot longer than anyone has ever suspected.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Kitchen

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Another dip into the archives for the Weekly Photo Challenge this time, as I’m still away from home and therefore from full access to my image library.

Here, my grandson takes a peek around the patio door of our apartment in Abu Dhabi. He – and his twin brother – are rather bigger now.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Saint Cirq Lapopie (2)

This week, more doors from the lovely medieval village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, in the Lot region of southern France.

If it’s a village, it must have a church:

Another two-door image:

Arches are a common architectural theme…

…although not universal:

Finally, I had to include this one, for obvious reasons:

Thursday Doors 2 November 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Broken

Still away from base, so for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge this week it’s another dig into the archives to match his theme of ‘Broken’.

I must say, this is one of my favourite photos – a broken cartwheel seen through the window of the blacksmith’s shop in the nearby ‘living museum’ village of Montrol-Sénard. The blurring of the ancient glass and the spiders’ webs gives the image an other-worldly atmosphere.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Broken