Looming Menace

It must be said that the monochrome version of this image of a huge pile of hay bales covered in black plastic does have a lot more impact than the colour original.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Stacked or piled

Clematis bud

After a rainy night, this clematis bud was well soaked.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

Ploughing, The Old-Fashioned Way

Cee is looking for something farming-related this week for her Black & White Photo Challenge. This is a close-up of the business end of a very old wooden plough. Just give a thought to how labour-intensive that job must have been.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Farming-related

Fauchage

Two or three times a year the local mairie sends out one of its fleet of tractors to cut the grass and trim the hedges that bound most of the minor roads in the commune – including the one that passes through our little hamlet. This is known as the ‘fauchage’ – not to be confused with ‘chauffage’, whch means heating.

These guys don’t take any prisoners and there’s no room to pass them, so you just have to get out of the way as best you can.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: anything with wheels

A family lives here…

Outside our son and daughter-in-law’s back door.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Footwear

Rhubarb, Rhubarb

What’s the problem? Never seen rhubarb before?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: An Unusual Perspective

Splendid isolation

This larger than life statue stands in splendid isolation in the museum of the Vessuna Gallo-Roman archaeological site in Perigueux.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Just One

Disused Railway Lines

Possibly the most dreaded three words it is possible for any putative rail traveller to hear or see: ‘Replacement bus service’.

In this instance, the replacement is permanent, as the railway no longer serves the town of Chabanais. Although you can get the very occasional bus from outside the station…

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines

Pointing the finger

This rock formation in St Andrews juts out accusingly into the North Sea.

Cee’s Back & White Photo Challenge: Rocks, Boulders, Stones

Brrrr!

It’s been, as they say in northern England, ‘right parky’ for the past week or so, as these Queen Anne’s Lace seed heads testify.

Cee‘s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cold or chilly