Thursday Doors: Blond

Blond is another one of those picturesque villages within a half-hour’s drive from here at Tranquility Base. It’s big USP is the annual Capon Fair, which took place last Sunday. The weather wasn’t great, so there were by no means as many stalls as in previous years. On the positive side, that left more gaps through which to spot some interesting doors.

The church, which is fortified, is always visible, however:

…although this side door wouldn’t stand up to much of a battering:

Just behind the church is this little stone edifice, which seems to be standing guard over a stream that’s only about a foot wide:

This is one of the doors usually obscured by market stalls:

The garage looks bigger than the rest of the house:

Artistically, this decrepit little door juxtaposes well with the stagnant green pool in front of it:

Thursday Doors 13 December 2018

Thursday Doors: Nouic

(We had no internet connection for five days last week, so I’m afraid you’ve had to wait a bit longer for your next dose of doors from the depths of the French countryside.)

The village – and commune – of Nouic could be described as ‘the next one along’ from our home base of Mézières-sur-Issoire, about a ten-minute drive in a generally southerly direction.

Even its greatest proponents would be hard-pressed to argue that, architecturally, there’s anything special about it (you could say the same for Mézières, in all honesty), but over the next couple of weeks or so, I can at least demonstrate that it’s got some interesting doors.

I read somewhere that the official distinction between a village and a hamlet is that the former has a church – which Nouic indeed does:

More informally, any self-respecting French village also has to have a hairdressers’, so that ticks another box. (Mézières has two. Just sayin’.)

In my personal opinion, however, this is the most striking building in Nouic:

Although most are much more prosaic, even if you can get two for the price of one in some cases:

More from Nouic next week.

Thursday Doors 14 June 2018

Thursday Doors: Eglise de St Pierre, Limoges

Now, I know you’re all desperate for another set of doors from Cahors – and you will get them soon. However, if only to heighten that delicious sense of anticipation, this week a one-off set of images from the church of St Pierre in the city of Limoges.

I came across this serendipitously, on our way to a quilting and photography exhibition in a building on the opposite side of the eponymous Place, but I thought it was worth pulling out my old iPhone and capturing this set of freshly-painted church doors:

Back to Cahors next week. Maybe.

Thursday Doors 17 May 2018

Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of this world

In modern times, the power of religion is much diluted. However, it is important to remember that at one time the grandeur of great cathedrals – now often faded – was designed to impress a superstitious and almost certainly illiterate populace.

Both the architecture and the decor were intended to provide an idea of the glories of the life hereafter: literally out of this world.

Even now, the twin domes of the cathedral of Cahors can still impress even the most determinedly secular of observers.

Weekly Photo Challenge 28 February 2018

The Tower

From ground level, the stonework of the tower of this church at Chabanais looks particularly imposing:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bricks & Stone

The Nave

Cee’s theme this week is ‘Internal Walkways’. I hope that the aisle of a church counts – in this case, that of St Mary’s in Beverley, Yorkshire.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways

In Memoriam

Cee’s theme for her Black & White challenge this week is ‘textures’. This stone tablet, mounted high on a wall in St Mary’s church in Beverley, East Yorkshire certainly meets that brief, but additionally has quite a poignant tale to tell.

The inscription is very worn and quite difficult to read, but this is what it says:

NEAR

Are the ashes of Mr Richd Greyburn

Who was ye only son of Mr Willm

Grayburn of this town, Alderman

IN

The dearest memory

Of so dutiful a son

So honest a tradesman

So pious a Christian

Who died ye 18th of May

Anno Domino 1720

In ye 31st year of his age

HIS

Mournful father

hath created

this Monument

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Texture