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

We’re talking telephone numbers here…

This abandoned shop in the Scottish town of Haddington was once the go-to place for those new-fangled satellite dishes

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Numbers

The kitchen of the castle

This surprisingly modest old kitchen is on display at a Chateau in the Dordogne departement of France.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things found in a kitchen

Floored Genius

Cee’s theme for hew Black & White Challenge this week is ‘Walkways, Hallways and Elevators’. This may be stretching a point, but this complex geometric pattern of wood inlay is on the floor of what could be described as  a hallway in the Chateau at Azay-Le-Ferron. It’s impressive enough in real life but is even more striking in monochrome.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walkways, Hallways and Elevators