The Key

Our house, and its attached barns, are well over two hundred years old and appear to have been continuously occupied – or, at the very least, actively utilised – for that entire period. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that every so often a n ancient and forgotten artefact turns up somewhere.

This old key is one of the latest to appear. If it hasn’t aged well it’s certainly rusted in a visually interesting manner.

CMMC 5 May 2021

L’Escalier

For Cee’s midweek challenge she is looking for an image of something that either begins or ends with the letter ‘E’.

You may think that what you’re looking at here is a staircase (more specifically, one in the Abbaye de la Reau) and of course you would be quite correct. And it ends with an E. However, the French word for staircase is ‘escalier‘. Beginning or end, it’s your choice.

CMMC 28 April 2021

Lost In Translation

Some things just don’t work in another language…

Cee’s Midweek Challenge 21 April 2021

Green, Green Glass

It’s colour week for Cee’s Midweek Challenge this week and the chosen colour is light or neon green.

Handily, another of the panes of stained glass in the suncatcher that I featured a couple of weeks ago here fits the bill, and is a pleasingly abstract image (which reminds me a little of a slide under a microscope).

CMMC 15 April 2021

Rainbow Wool

It’s macro/close-up week for Cee’s Midweek Challenge.

Madame has been knitting recently, using some multi-coloured wool.

CMMC 7 April 2021

The Suncatcher

Back last summer, when such things were possible, Madame and lovely daughter went to a stained glass workshop together. While they were there they each made a suncatcher, which sits very well in a sunny garden.

CMMC 30 March 2021: Bright Rectangles

Chicken Run

Cee’s CMMC Challenge this week is looking for a subject that contains either ‘Ch’ or ‘ck’ in the title.

The obvious answer, ticking both boxes, is ‘chicken’, so here’s a photograph taken at the annual Christmas Fair in the nearby village of Blond. The USP of this particular event is – or was, at any rate before Covid-19 (and a prior outbreak of Avian ‘Flu) the racing chickens.

Actually, the whole event is called the ‘Foire Aux Chapons’ – the Capon Fair. Capons are sterilised male chickens; they tend to be larger (and probably grumpier) than ordinary ones and a group of them is raced, if that’s the word (‘ushered’ is probably more like it), down the main street, amid scenes of overwhelming excitement. It’s like nothing so much as curling, but with poultry.

This is the aftermath of the race, as the runners and riders, so to speak, are ushered into their coop.

CMMC 24 March 2021: Must contain Ch or ck

‘Floating’ Poppy

A bit of bokeh and a judicious angle makes this orange poppy appear to be floating in mid-air.

CMMC: Orange

Wisteria

For Cee’s midweek challenge this week, here’s a close look at some wisteria.

(Taken with my iPhone).

CMMC 3 March 2021

Three ‘A’s in Alpaca

Cee wants something with at least two ‘A’s  for her CMMC this week.

This just-sheared alpaca qualifies, with room to spare.

CMMC 24 February 2021