Weekly Photo Challenge: Beware Of The ‘Sheep’

WordPress’ Photo Challenge for this week asks for an image of where we live.

The eponymous village at the centre of the commune where we live is called Mézières-sur-Issoire. With the best will in the world, you couldn’t describe it as a tourist destination. There are no buildings of particular historical interest (although it does have its fair share of interesting doors). In the summer, tourists are more likely to pass through than to stop, unless it’s to use the parking facilities for mobile homes.

However, it can boast a touch of whimsy, in the form of the concrete sheep that are dotted around along the main road. This is sheep country after all.

I well remember the first time we saw them, as we drove into the village that has now become our home. They are – at least if you’re in a moving car – quite realistic, and are positioned so that they appear to be about to cross the road. They’re at least as effective as a speed bump – the first time, at any rate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Exotic

This fearsome creature greets visitors to the Australian Reptile Park, near Sydney. I don’t think I’d care to meet anything more exotic, thank you very much.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Exotic

Porte de l’Officialite

The little Rue Saint-Yves lies within the bounds of Chartres cathedral. The gateway dates from 1257. It is known as the Porte de l’Officialité because in medieval times it provided access to the Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

My thanks to the unknown lady who appeared from around the corner just as I was taking the shot. She made all the difference, not least in giving an idea of the scale of the Cathedral itself.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Roads

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Rive Gauche

After the little detour to Bordeaux over the past few weeks, we’re back at the gift that keeps on giving of old doors in Confolens. The next few posts will all feature doors to be found on the left bank (rive gauche) of the Vienne river, which flows through the town and gave it its old strategic importance.

To get from one side to t’other, you can always drive over the newer bridge, but on a nice day it’s much more pleasant to stroll over the pedestrianised Pont Vieux.

And this is what you’ll find in the way of interesting doors, beginning with a church:

And something that looks like a church but isn’t:

Not all doors are quite so spectacular, of course:

A little more modern is this example, with some interesting ironwork:

Most prosaic of all is this, actually an electricity sub-station:

Thursday Doors 1 February 2018

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

This week’s topic for the WordPress Photo Challenge is ‘beloved’. This is an image of my beloved, that I’ve posted before on my other blog, under the title of ‘Lucky Me’.

I stand by that.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Decay

For Frank’s theme for this week of ‘decay’, here is an image of part of the heavily-weathered inscription on a gravestone to be found in the old burial ground opposite St Mary’s church in Beverley, Yorkshire.

Time and the elements have worn down the lettering into something almost abstract, although it is still possible to make out some of the wording.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Decay

The staircase

While visiting the restored medieval abbey of Noirlac last year, I was struck by this almost abstract composition of a curving staircase and austere stone walls. Another homage to M C Escher and suitable for Cee’s Black & White subject of ‘Walls’ this week.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walls