The Brame

The River Brame  flows quickly over its rocky bed up in the woods near the village of Thiat.

Cee’s B;ack & White Photo Challenge: Moving Water

Before the baling

Cee’s latest Black & White Photo Challenge looks for some wavy or squiggly lines.

This image was captured about half a mile from our house, just after the first haymaking of the year had seen the grass cut, but not yet baled. Driving past in the car, I couldn’t help but notice the strong (but, crucially, not straight) leading lines in this field. We stopped, I jumped out and took the original photograph with my iPhone 7.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Squiggly Lines

Memento Mori

In the village of Rancon there is to be found one of comparatively few remaining ‘Lanternes des Morts’. These were memorials to the dead, quite common in medieval times. In this sense such a Lanterne could be described as a memento mori – thereby meeting the theme of ‘two Ms’ for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Two Ms

A working environment

Back to a previous life this week for Cee’s Black $ White Photo Challenge with the topic of Doors and Drawers.

This was my office on the twenty-third floor of the headquarters of the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, where I spent the last – and best – ten years of my working life. That’s the door on the right and obviously those are drawers underneath the desktop.

What I can’t get over is how tidy it was. My desk at home is an absolute tip.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge : Doors & Drawers

On the tiles

It’s a few years ago now, but our builders asked if, as a temporary measure, they could leave a pallet stacked with old rooftiles outside our barn.

‘Of course not’, we said. ‘Just collect them when you’re ready’, we said.

They’re not ready.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Stacks

L is for Logs

If you have a wood-burning stove, then it’s getting to that time of year:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Beginning with K or L

The Old Stone Bridge at Sainte Radegonde

The River Vienne is comparatively narrow as it flows between the villages of Sainte Radegonde and St-Germain-de-Confolens and it’s crossed by a very old stone bridge. Look over the side and you’ll see that the roadway is supported on a number of pontoons, such as this one.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Stones or Brick