Stuffed And Mounted

Visit any medieval chateau that’s open to the public and you’re almost certain to find a whole array of mementos in the form of stuffed heads – like this example, from near Sarlat in the Dordogne.

I suspect that this is the head of a much-prized bull rather than a hunting trophy.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets or stuffed animals

A Deckchair Made Of Roses

This is not something you see every day. Unless you happened to be at the Festival of Roses in Douai La Fontaine a couple of years ago.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge 4 June 2021

Five Shelves Of Shoes

The keyword for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is ‘five’.

The peerless Madame is the President of a local charity shop which sells – among many other things – clothes and shoes. So here are five shelves of shoes (and that’s a lot easier to read than to say).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Five

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

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

Cornered

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

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Corners

Rural Toys

If you grow up in the countryside, chances are that you’ll be playing with country toys….

….and when you don’t play with them any more, you collect them..

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Toys

The Die Is Cast

Smaller than a breadbin (as per Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week).? Most definitely.

I took this photo with my smartphone, then applied the ‘Pinhole Camera’ filter in Photoshop Express for added interest.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Smaller than a breadbin

Popeye The Smuggler

I was surprised to find this model boat at an airshow, of all places. I may never look at Popeye in the same light again.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Begins with B or W

BBQ Time

For her Black & White Challenge this week, Cee is looking for something that would be found on a picnic table or in a park.

This – sitting on our picnic table – is the rather nifty spatula from our set of barbecue tools.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Picnic or Park