‘This Is The Place’

The Fun Foto theme for this week is a particularly interesting one: ‘future nostalgic’. For this, we are invited to select an image from our archives that we knew when we captured it we would enjoy looking at again in the future.

So here is the very first time we laid eyes on the house where we have now lived for over nine years. This was back in October 2004. We followed the agent (pictured on the right) in our own car and turned the little corner off the ‘main’ road through the hamlet that we call Tranquility Base.

Madame ‘got it’ straight away. I just saw a tumbledown money pit. It turned out we were both right, but now neither of us would want to live anywhere else.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Future Nostalgic

Front Elevation

Our humble abode (aka ‘Brokedown Palace’).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Outside Home

The Tip Of The Iceberg…

When we bought our French house (aka ‘Brokedown Palace’), this is the state that the barn was in. Those bales of rotting hay were all that were holding up not only the roof (such as it was), but pretty much the entire edifice. Since part of the b√Ętiment belongs to our neighbour, getting it fixed was something of a priority. It cost about as much as we originally paid for the house and land in the first place.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg…

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Decay

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

The Road To Brokedown Palace

This little turn-off from the rue that runs through the little hamlet we call Tranquility Base is probably my favourite stretch of road in the world. That’s our house – Brokedown Palace – at the end of it.

And that’s why.

Road

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Roads of any kind

Photography 101: Home

Almost ten years ago, we bought a ruin – and I do mean a ruin – in rural France as a retirement home.

There was rather a lot of renovation involved, as you can see from these ‘before and after’ photographs, but it was well worth it, as I’ve written about here.

And we still call it Brokedown Palace.

Brokedown Palace

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