Posted on July 10, 2020
Posted on July 3, 2020
A view of part of the mightily impressive vaulted and domed ceiling of the Cathedral of Saint-Front in Perigueux.
I did my usual trick of lying the camera on the floor pointing upwards, setting the timer and hovering just out of shot to make sure that nobody steps on it. It gives a different perspective and also stops you getting a crick in your neck.
Posted on June 26, 2020
This shop, formerly a florists’, is one of many in the town of Bellac that is now closed and boarded up. But it’s a lot more attractive than most.
Posted on June 19, 2020
Disused tracks just outside the old railway station in Chabanais.
(I applied an infra-red filter in order to enhance the impact of the vegetation – a polite way of saying weeds).
Posted on June 12, 2020
I spotted this little statue of a sanglier (wild boar) through an aRchway in the old town of Perigueux.
The curve of the boar\s back echoes that of the archway and contrasts with the more formal geometric shapes of the stonework and the steps.
Posted on June 5, 2020
Most benches in Abu Dhabi tend to come with an accompanying shelter to provide some shade – essential when the sun beats down all day and air temperatures routinely exceed 40 degrees.
These benches are on Yas Island and, it must be said, are rather less interesting than the sinuous curves of the structure that shades them (not entirely successfully).
Posted on May 29, 2020
Posted on May 23, 2020
‘What is it?’ you may well ask when confronted by this stone artefact in the nearby village of Bonnefont.
It is – and there aren’t many of them about – part of a granite funerary ‘coffre’. The hole in the middle was designed to hold an urn of ashes and it would originally have stood on a pedestal. That has long gone, which is why the whole thing looks so short. It dates from the 4th century.
Posted on May 15, 2020
Cee’s theme for her Black & White Challenge this week is something long.
Well, a giraffe came to mind – such as this one in the Game Reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Posted on May 8, 2020
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 bâtiment 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…