Wherever The Road Leads

Cee’s Black & White Challenge for this week is to show places to walk or hike. Out here in the French countryside the ‘proper’ roads are few and far between, but there are many mysterious-looking tracks, used only for farmers’ access, that are well worth exploring on a country walk.

In this case, I particularly liked the strong shadows of the trees across the path, which look almost like railway sleepers as they recede into the distance .

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Places to walk or hike

Abstract Tapestry

This abstract tapestry hangs in the Museum of Tapestry in the town of Aubusson. Predominantly black and white(ish), it’s leavened by a few splashes of colour.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colour v Black & White

Architectural Incongruity

I was struck by the incongruity of the balcony plonked in the middle of this house in the village of Lesterps.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Buildings

The Bus Came By

‘Purple’ is the theme for Cee’s latest Midweek Challenge. Since I dished up some purple wisteria not so long ago, I looked beyond flora for inspiration.

I found it in this quilt, which was on display at an exhibition in Nantes a few years ago. The subject is naturally appealing for one such as me, and there is definitely purple in it.

CMMC 12 May 2021

Repurposed

There is still an extensive medieval centre in the the city of Limoges although, unlike in many other places, the old buildings are still in active use with more up-to-date shops and businesses.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Old v New

The Key

Our house, and its attached barns, are well over two hundred years old and appear to have been continuously occupied – or, at the very least, actively utilised – for that entire period. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that every so often a n ancient and forgotten artefact turns up somewhere.

This old key is one of the latest to appear. If it hasn’t aged well it’s certainly rusted in a visually interesting manner.

CMMC 5 May 2021

In Bruges

I’ve played a little fast and loose with the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. ‘Real v Fake’ is the challenge, but what we have here is a model (i.e. fake) of medieval Bruges, set in the centre of the real Bruges.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Real v. Fake

Cornered

This little set of square steps in Perigueux used to lead somewhere. Probably.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Corners

L’Escalier

For Cee’s midweek challenge she is looking for an image of something that either begins or ends with the letter ‘E’.

You may think that what you’re looking at here is a staircase (more specifically, one in the Abbaye de la Reau) and of course you would be quite correct. And it ends with an E. However, the French word for staircase is ‘escalier‘. Beginning or end, it’s your choice.

CMMC 28 April 2021

Let There Be Light

Cee’s challenge for this ‘assignment’ is to juxtapose natural and man-made light.

This photograph shows the interior of the old church in the ancient village of Saint Cirq Lapopie. On the wall on the right is the natural light of the sun, but the rest of the illumination is provided by the sunlight passing through the man-made stained glass widows.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Natural v Man-made light