Lift your eyes towards the heavens

The eye-level architecture was impressive enough, but where could it be more appropriate and rewarding to look up than in a church like this one in Azay-le-Ferron?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

A mighty chandelier

This enormous and ornate crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the Grand Mosque in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lighting

First Communion

Traditionally, when girls took their first communion in the Roman Catholic church they would wear ornately decorated white lace head-dresses such as this example:

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Backs of things

Box Kite

Cee’s theme for her Black & White Challenge this week is ‘anything that flies’.

That would certainly include this elaborate box kite, seen at the annual ‘Estevol’ air show at nearby Blond.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that flies

Behind the bust

At the Chateau Azay-le-Ferron, in the Indre département of central France, this bust of a former owner sits on a mantelpiece in front of a mirror that gives away some of the secrets of its construction.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Somewhere to lay your head

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week has the theme of ‘Any kind of house’.

Well, I suppose everyone needs somewhere to live – although probably not in such a grand edifice as this at Chateau Villandry.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge : Any kind of house

And so to bed…..

Cee wants to see photos of chutes or ladders for her Black & White Challenge this week.

This image is a view of the rear elevation of our house in France, just after we bought it. No, I’m not sure what we were thinking either.

On the other hand, you can see why the project’s working title was ‘Brokedown Palace’. The rickety ladder on the left was, at that time, the only means of access to what is now our bedroom. To be fair, we have spruced it up a bit in the intervening years.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chutes and Ladders