The Swan

Cee’s topic for this week is ‘feathers’, so here is a serene swan on the lake in Linlithgow.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

And so to bed…..

Cee wants to see photos of chutes or ladders for her Black & White Challenge this week.

This image is a view of the rear elevation of our house in France, just after we bought it. No, I’m not sure what we were thinking either.

On the other hand, you can see why the project’s working title was ‘Brokedown Palace’. The rickety ladder on the left was, at that time, the only means of access to what is now our bedroom. To be fair, we have spruced it up a bit in the intervening years.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chutes and Ladders

Thursday Doors: Sainte Radegonde

Drive halfway along the main street of St-Germain-de-Confolens (where many fine doors are to be found), turn right across the bridge over the River Vienne and you’ll find yourself in the little village of Sainte Radegonde, which has a few interesting doors of its own to offer.

The first of these is from a 15th century chapel, now deconsecrated:

Looking like it’s of a similar vintage is this grand house, just around the corner:

Not quite so ancient, but still getting on a bit, are these two weatherworn examples:

Thursday Doors 9 May 2019

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wheel

Frank’s theme for his Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is ‘wheel’.

Here in rural France,  old cartwheels that are way past their sell-by date are a common sight. This one was spotted in the nearby village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop, during the ‘Wool Festival’, which accounts for the natty headgear.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wheel

Photographic paper

Cee’s theme for her ‘Black & White Photo Challenge’ this week is  a ‘view from the side’. This almost abstract image is, in fact, a view of the edges (‘sides’, if you will) of a number of recently manufactured sheets of paper, made according to traditional methods at the Moulin du Got paper mill.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View from the side

Thursday Doors: Blond revisited

Last weekend we went to a ‘brocante’ (an antiques fair, although in reality it’s more like a car-boot sale with ideas above its station) in the nearby village of Blond. There wasn’t a great deal of interest on the stalls, but I did spot a few more doors that I had missed on previous forays.

This first one is nice enough…

…although the one right next to it is far more interesting:

It’s quite common to see matching doors and shutters on houses in rural France, although usually in rather brighter colours than in this instance:

At this time of year wisteria is flowering everywhere, which provides an attractive counterpoint to many photographic subjects. Even gates…

…and unkempt shutters:

Thursday Doors 25 April 2019

Bridge of shadows

Bright sunshine in Cahors casts the shadow of the Pont Valentre onto the weir beneath it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges