Monday Window: Bussière-Poitevine

‘Nobody loves you when you’re down and out’.

#MondayWindow 12 October 2020

Thursday Doors: ‘Route 66’

No, it’s not that Route 66. This one is a biker hotel and bar in the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine. Turn off the road through the village into a small courtyard and you’ll find this small collection of doors.

Thursday Doors 23 January 2020

Thursday Doors: Bussiere-Poitevine (5 – and final)

This week, we have a final instalment of doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine.

Particularly notable  in this first example is the characteristic Limousin sink on the right: a common feature of many old buildings around here. In fact we have a couple ourselves.

This is on the main road that runs through the village. It looks like it used to be a shop of some kind, although it’s looked like this for as long as we’ve been coming here (so over fifteen years). The only things you’re likely to see in that window nowadays is a selection of cats.

An equally neglected set of doors (a former workshop?):

In rather better fettle. Note the old postbox:

Just your average green door:

And finally a shout-out to the charity shop where Madame volunteers. I can attest to the quality of the cakes sold in the café – Madame makes a lot of them.

Thursday Doors 10 October 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussiere-Poitevine (4)

A fourth instalment of doors from the village of Bussière-Poitevine. (We’re almost done here, I promise.)

By definition, it wouldn’t be a village if it didn’t have a church:

In last week’s post I showed an old shopfront. Here’s another:

Sometimes you need to look around you a little more carefully than usual to spot some interesting doors, like these two sets of ground-level cellar doors that happen to be opposite each other on the same street:

And down a little endroit:

Just a basic example, although the stonework is quite striking:

Thursday Doors 3 October 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussiere-Poitevine (3)

A third instalment of doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine

As I’ve noted on numerous occasions in these posts, the streets of many villages and small towns of rural France are littered with old, long-closed shop premises which often display a ‘frozen-in-time’ snapshot of design from fifty or sixty years ago. Bussière is no exception. This one seems once to have been a mercerie:

Equally past its sell-by date is the sign on this garage door alleging that it is in constant use. It’s fair to say that it isn’t:

More doors that no longer seem to perform any function:

Although there just might still be a spark of life in these:

Thursday Doors 26 September 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussière-Poitevine (2)

This week, another instalment of characterful doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine.

Apart from this first one, which careful readers will spot immediately is, in fact, a well-rusted gate.

During my doorscursion wander around Bussière I came across a little street that was cordoned off at each end. Naturally, I stepped over the tape and went to see what the fuss was all about.

The notice on the first door was posted by the local Mairie and advises that the building is in a dangerous, structurally unsound, state and calls on the registered owner (who has an address some distance away from this area) to do something about it within three months. It’s dated about six months ago.

Next door is what may once have been a shop:

In rather better condition are these two neighbouring  town houses in a little square:

However, my clear favourite from this batch is this unusually designed green door on the opposite corner of the same square. My best guess is that this used to be a pigsty.

Thursday Doors 19 September 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussière-Poitevine

Bussière-Poitevine is a sizeable village about a fifteen minute drive from here at Tranquility Base. From our perspective it’s probably most notable for being the location of the charity shop where Madame volunteers and having a boulangerie that produces indecently good patisserie.

But it also has many interesting doors, as I discovered on a recent doorscursion and as you will over the next few weeks.

Although there are more independent commercial premises still operating in Bussière than in many other similar-sized villages here in rural France, there are even more that have fallen by the wayside, such as this garage mechanic:

Next door to that is another unused door. Strictly speaking, you can only see the shutter, but the colour is very striking:

Trade here was once, of course, primarily agricultural, which explains the many barn doors to be found, even in the heart of the village. Some are in a rather better state than others:

Finally for this week, I have no explanation of what could once have lain behind this very small door in the corner of an old house:

Thursday Doors 12 September 2019

Autrefois: Bussiere-Poitevine

This is the first post in a new category of ‘Autrefois’, in which I’ve tried to reproduce, as closely as possible, the modern look of views shown on old picture postcards of the Haute Vienne departément.

Bussiere-Poitevine: the tram station

Between the two wars, there was an extensive tram network in the Limousin region. Today very little remains, apart from some of the old stations (gares), with their distinctive checkered brickwork around doors and windows and corners.

Bussiere gare PC

The gare at Bussiere-Poitevine is one of the better-preserved and now does service as a municipal building.

Bussiere gare ed


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Bussiere-Poitevine: Maison Leger Montel

I’ve no idea what kind of shop Maison Leger Montel was, although when the picture for the postcard was taken they had a sale (‘Soldes’) on.

Bussiere shop PC

Today, it’s a hairdressers.

Buss shop ed

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