Scene through an archway

The nearby town of Confolens abounds with photographic opportunities, especially on calm, cloudless days that produce almost flawless reflections on the River Vienne.

On the right bank of the river there are a number of these archways that provide interesting frames for the vibrant colours.

Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge: Vibrant Colours

Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

The latest WordPress weekly Photo Challenge is a particularly interesting – and difficult – one. We are asked to post an image illustrating what we would rather be doing.

It seems to me that one’s starting point is crucial here. It all rather depends on what I’m doing at the time the question is posed. I can think of lots of things I might (have to) be doing where watching paint dry would be a more acceptable alternative. Equally, there are a few things I would rather be doing than just about anything else.

Neither of these categories, however, really lend themselves to being pictured – and certainly not in the public domain.

The truth is, I would probably rather be taking photographs than anything else: this is, after all, my principal interest. And if I was being more specific, it would be taking photographs of interesting doors.

So this:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rather

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Finale (2)

And these really are the last shots of doors in Confolens that I have.

Finally, a rather different perspective. At what point did they finally realise that there was nobody home?

Thursday Doors 1 March 2018

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Finale (1)

Just as I was getting worried that my supply of doors was nearing exhaustion (and then what will I do on Thursdays?), I came across some overlooked doors from – you guessed it – Confolens. Enough for this week and next, by when I hope to have topped up my supplies from other locations.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the bottom of this particular barrel, all of which were taken at the town’s highest point, within the medieval fortifications, from where you can look over the whole metropolis.


The next two examples are set into the old walls:

While this is in a restored building just inside the main gate:

Finally, a couple of splendidly tatty doors of considerable age:

Thursday Doors 22 February 2018

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Rive Gauche (3)

The third and final set of doors from the left bank of the nearby town of Confolens.

Spot the snapper:


Thursday Doors 15 February 2018

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Rive Gauche (2)

This week, more doors from the other side of the river in Confolens.

Whatever function this building had originally, I believe it is now  an office:

Brown seems to be the predominant colour this week:

This old shopfront is my favourite from this week’s selection. Unfortunately, there were cars parked right in front of it, so I couldn’t get a head-on view, but it certainly has bags of character:

This one looks like it was squeezed in as an afterthought:

And finally, something a little more colourful:

Thursday Doors 8 February 2018

Thursday Doors: Confolens – Rive Gauche

After the little detour to Bordeaux over the past few weeks, we’re back at the gift that keeps on giving of old doors in Confolens. The next few posts will all feature doors to be found on the left bank (rive gauche) of the Vienne river, which flows through the town and gave it its old strategic importance.

To get from one side to t’other, you can always drive over the newer bridge, but on a nice day it’s much more pleasant to stroll over the pedestrianised Pont Vieux.

And this is what you’ll find in the way of interesting doors, beginning with a church:

And something that looks like a church but isn’t:

Not all doors are quite so spectacular, of course:

A little more modern is this example, with some interesting ironwork:

Most prosaic of all is this, actually an electricity sub-station:

Thursday Doors 1 February 2018