Blue and Green Boats

Some blue and green boats tethered to the bank of the Charente River.

CMMC 10 February 2021

The Farmer’s Track

Deep in rural Charente…..

CMMC 23 December 2020

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fantasy

Frank’s theme for this week is ‘fantasy’. I suppose one way of defining that is as something that doesn’t actually exist but you would quite like it if it did.

The possibilities are almost endless, but on a very still day on the River Charente in the Dordogne there’s more than a suggestion of fantasy about the reflections of the riverbank.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fantasy

Down To The River

This gravel path leads down to the bank of the Charente river in Chaniers.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Ground

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 30 – In The Distance

The Charente river, in western France, is lined with impressive chateaux, of which this is one of the prime examples:

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 30 – In The Distance

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

You say ‘water’, I think ‘reflections’, as in this example from the Charente River, near Chaniers.


Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

Thursday Doors: St-Germain-de-Confolens – the sunny side of the street

More from St-Germain-de-Confolens this week. I should explain that the village’s main (effectively only) street runs more or less north to south alongside the Charente river. In practical terms that means that on sunny afternoons the shadows can be quite harsh. However, I think the doors are still worth looking at.



This door’s obviously still in use:


Unlike this one, opposite, of a closed-down restaurant…

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…which echoes the colours of the building that houses the Post Office. The modern door doesn’t have a lot to say for itself, but I like the strong geometric shape of the security grilles:

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Finally, my favourite of this week’s bunch – gloriously decrepit, with the finishing touch of a rose growing next to it:

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Thursday Doors 22 September 2016

Thursday Doors: St-Germain-de-Confolens

St-Germain-de-Confolens is yet another pretty little village that’s only a twenty minute drive from here at Tranquility Base (we’re surrounded by them, but who’s complaining?), although it’s in a different département – Charente as opposed to Haute-Vienne.

Effectively, it’s just one street that runs parallel to the Charente river. However, the doors are interesting and there are enough of them to need two instalments to dispay here.

You need to be careful stepping out of this one:

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These two are actually next to each other in real life, as it were:

In this one, I like that the gateway echoes the shape of the door behind it:

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The door’s okay in this one, but I was particularly drawn to the tatty shutter on the window at top left:

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And finally for this week, you can’t help wondering if there’s a secret garden behind this little door:

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Thursday Doors 15 September 2106

Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners

The sceptic in me can’t help feeling that this lady and her dog (oh, and the lace parasol) were artfully posed on the riverbank – with a very grand chateau in the background, by the way – purely for photographic purposes. Anyway, I think it makes a pleasing image for this week’s challenge.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners

Thursday Doors: Port d’Enveaux

The only way to see this colourful door and shutters is to be cruising down the Charente river near Port d’Enveaux. Which, as it happens, I was last week.

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Hence the two slightly different angles as we sailed sedately past:

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It doesn’t look like it gets used much currently, but whoever painted it obviously knew their way around the colour wheel.

Thursday Doors 16 June 2016