The confused grasshopper

This grasshopper must have got blown off course, as it finds itself in the middle of an orange poppy in our garden.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close-up of flowers

Thursday Doors: Le Dorat – Celebrating The Mondial

Last week I promised more doors from Le Dorat, but with a bit of a twist, so here we have it.

Last weekend, the nearby town (although it prefers to think of itself as a petit cité) of Le Dorat played host to the world sheep-shearing championships. It may well have passed you by, since France was also at the same time the venue of the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup, but it was a big thing round these parts, where the sheep comfortably outnumber the human population.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to the event itself, but a few weeks earlier I paid a visit to Le Dorat to take a look at some of the celebratory artwork that was appearing on shop windows and shop doors in anticipation.

To begin with, some double shopfronts, starting with the local kebab shop:

Rather more upmarket, there was the Traiteur (that’s a deli to the likes of us):

And I can’t recall what this was:

For the next two, you’ll just have to take my word that they are on doors – of, respectively, the bank and an insurance broker:

All very impressive, but it was nice to see that even some more traditional doors were getting into the spirit (even if only by association):

Thursday Doors 11 July 2019

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall

I can think pf quite a few people who would find the closeness of the walls in this old house in Perigueux rather unsettling.

Posted for the Tuesday Photo Challenge run by Frank at ‘Dutch Goes The Photo!’

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wall

Thursday Doors: Le Dorat revisited

The petit cité de caractère (as it likes to style itself) of Le Dorat has featured in this thread before, albeit only once and that almost three years ago. A recent visit – for a specific purpose that will be revealed next week – yielded quite a few previously undiscovered doors of character, starting with this impressive ironwork on the door of a butcher’s shop:

Echoing this style is the door….er, next door:

Two doors for the price of one next, although the impressive stonework surround gives the edge to the one on the right:

And here’s another with an even more elaborate surround:

But before we get carried away with ideas of grandeur, here are a couple of doors that could be politely described as derelict:

Thursday Doors 4 July 2019

Stall #25

Stall #25 in one of the stables at the French National Stud in Pompadour looks just like this~:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letters or Numbers

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Outdoors

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

In the broadest terms, I suppose that any image that wasn’t actually captured in an interior would qualify. However, in this shot – another from Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi – I’ve gone for more of a ‘great outdoors’ feel, which is certainly enhanced by the moon hanging over the landscape.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Outdoors

Three windows

While in the great cathedral of Cahors, my eye was drawn to these three stained glass windows and their juxtaposition with the curve of the dome

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Threes