Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

Frank is looking for images of stone to meet his theme for the Tuesday Photo Challenge this week. This small portion of the massive façade of Chartres Cathedral has stone aplenty and certainly would have made a powerful statement about the overwhelming power of the Church.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

The recycled bicycle

This old bicycle which has been repurposed as a sort of window-box was just crying out for the sepia treatment.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: 1, 2 or 3 wheels

Thursday Doors: Bussière-Poitevine (2)

This week, another instalment of characterful doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine.

Apart from this first one, which careful readers will spot immediately is, in fact, a well-rusted gate.

During my doorscursion wander around Bussière I came across a little street that was cordoned off at each end. Naturally, I stepped over the tape and went to see what the fuss was all about.

The notice on the first door was posted by the local Mairie and advises that the building is in a dangerous, structurally unsound, state and calls on the registered owner (who has an address some distance away from this area) to do something about it within three months. It’s dated about six months ago.

Next door is what may once have been a shop:

In rather better condition are these two neighbouring  town houses in a little square:

However, my clear favourite from this batch is this unusually designed green door on the opposite corner of the same square. My best guess is that this used to be a pigsty.

Thursday Doors 19 September 2019

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fuzzy

The seed head of the variety of grass known as Queen Ann’s Lace is naturally fuzzy, but is rendered even more so after a heavy frost.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fuzzy

Mont Blanc Collection

While I was working – and, obviously, getting paid far too much – in the parallel universe that is investment banking, I built up a nice little collection of Mont Blanc writing instruments. Although nowadays I only use the Rollerball (second from bottom) on a regular basis, I do occasionally break out that fantastic Meisterstück fountain pen (top of the image) and write like people used to.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pens

Reading the map

A tourist couple decide what to see next during their visit to the island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid

Thursday Doors: Bussière-Poitevine

Bussière-Poitevine is a sizeable village about a fifteen minute drive from here at Tranquility Base. From our perspective it’s probably most notable for being the location of the charity shop where Madame volunteers and having a boulangerie that produces indecently good patisserie.

But it also has many interesting doors, as I discovered on a recent doorscursion and as you will over the next few weeks.

Although there are more independent commercial premises still operating in Bussière than in many other similar-sized villages here in rural France, there are even more that have fallen by the wayside, such as this garage mechanic:

Next door to that is another unused door. Strictly speaking, you can only see the shutter, but the colour is very striking:

Trade here was once, of course, primarily agricultural, which explains the many barn doors to be found, even in the heart of the village. Some are in a rather better state than others:

Finally for this week, I have no explanation of what could once have lain behind this very small door in the corner of an old house:

Thursday Doors 12 September 2019