The courtyard

The warm glow of the sodium lights gives a caramel tone to this view of the courtyard of a hotel in the centre of Toulouse.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Caramel colour

Weathered

About a mile from our placee is a slowly rotting old house, irretrievably derelict. The roof has now collapsed, but most of the window frames are still just about intact.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Weathered Wood

The Liver Bird Reigns Supreme

This cloud formation over our house was too interesting to ignore…

…especially as it reminded me of the iconic Liver Bird, the symbol of Liverpool, the finest city on earth:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Clouds

The Roman Column

There’s plenty of texture in this artfully lit section of a column dating from Roman times, on display in the Archaeological Museum in Toulouse.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Texture

Coffee Time

This highly decorative coffee service can be found at the Chateua de la Mercerie, in the Charente region of central France. It’s probably totally impractical (and certainly not dishwasher safe), but it is at least replete with curves and circles for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Curves

The Buddleia in Our Back Garden

A mere twenty steps from our back door is a by-now well-established Buddleia bush, normally irresistible to butterflies and bees – although apparently not at the precise moment I took this photo a couple of days ago.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fifty Steps Away

Lambing Time

Out here in rural France, we’re surrounded by nature of course. That doesn’t mean it’s all idyllic, but it’s hard to take a walk during lambing time in spring and not feel, at least for a minute or two, that all’s well with the world.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature

Cut from the living rock

Cee’s theme for her Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘man-made items’. Handily, this gives me an opportunity to post another image from the subterranean church at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

This edifice is a good fifteen feet high and it’s been created by cutting away the solid rock from all around it. If that’s not impressive then I don’t know what is.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man-made items

The subterranean church

In the picturesque village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, in the Charente region, is to be found a subterranean church, carved out of solid rock. Originally, in what must have been a major feat of both architecture and engineering, it was dug out from beneath the local chateau, which no longer exists.

They call it a church, but in terms of sheer scale it could easily pass for a cathedral.

Cee’s Fun foto Challenge: Basically Two Colours

Hydrangea

The theme for the Fun Foto Challenge this week is something that reminds us of nature’s beauty.

I seem to recall from my distant days as a Philosophy undergraduate that there is quite some debate as to whether ‘beauty’ exists anywhere other than the eye of the beholder. However, it’s hard to argue against the view that this hydrangea – a recent addition to our garden- fits the bill on this occasion.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge