Thursday Doors: Pompadour – The Stables

As promised, this week we have a selection of stable doors from in and around the town of Pompadour.

To begin, a couple of external shots from the National Stud:

And once you go inside….

Not surprisingly, the presence of the National Stud in Pompadour has led to a number of other stables and breeding companies being established in the vicinity. These two images were captured at  one of the leading private stables close by. They also prove that, on this occasion at least, it wasn’t too late to close the stable door.

Thursday Doors 13 June 2019

Thursday Doors: Pompadour (2)

This week, another selection of doors from the town of Pompadour, in central France.

To begin with, three doors for the price of one in this photo, taken from the inside of the Chapel St-Blaise

This is a great door – such a shame that somebody saw fit to park their car right outside it. Honestly, some people…

Two contrasting doors next to each other:

Rather grander, this one:

Next week, given that Pompadour – as the home of the French National Stud – is a very horsey kind of place, a selection of stable doors (both before and after the horse has bolted).

Thursday Doors 6 June 2019

Thursday Doors: Pompadour

Last week we went on a coach trip to the town of Pompadour, in the Corrèze departement of France.

Historically the name is most usually linked to Madame Pompadour, the ‘official’ (sic) chief mistress of King Louis XV in the middle of the 18th century. Nowadays, however, Pompadour is best known for its equine-related activities. It’s the home of the French National Stud and many other breeding and training stables. as well as a noted racecourse (UK readers: think Newmarket).

Many of the stables, as well as the stud, are located in grand buildings which, apart from the horses, also offer some interesting doors to look at, of which this is the first selection.

Apart from the final image, these doors are to be found in the chateau or grounds of the National Stud itself.

 

Thursday Doors 30 May 2019

Thursday Doors: Sainte Radegonde (2)

This week, another selection of doors from the nearby village of Sainte Radegonde, these a little more modern than the previous offerings.

The first two are positively pristine, as you would expect from occupied dwellings:

…although note the vestige of an older door in this image:

But decrepit doors are always the best – even comparatively modern ones:

Thursday Doors 16 May 2019

Thursday Doors: Sainte Radegonde

Drive halfway along the main street of St-Germain-de-Confolens (where many fine doors are to be found), turn right across the bridge over the River Vienne and you’ll find yourself in the little village of Sainte Radegonde, which has a few interesting doors of its own to offer.

The first of these is from a 15th century chapel, now deconsecrated:

Looking like it’s of a similar vintage is this grand house, just around the corner:

Not quite so ancient, but still getting on a bit, are these two weatherworn examples:

Thursday Doors 9 May 2019

Thursday Doors: Blond revisited

Last weekend we went to a ‘brocante’ (an antiques fair, although in reality it’s more like a car-boot sale with ideas above its station) in the nearby village of Blond. There wasn’t a great deal of interest on the stalls, but I did spot a few more doors that I had missed on previous forays.

This first one is nice enough…

…although the one right next to it is far more interesting:

It’s quite common to see matching doors and shutters on houses in rural France, although usually in rather brighter colours than in this instance:

At this time of year wisteria is flowering everywhere, which provides an attractive counterpoint to many photographic subjects. Even gates…

…and unkempt shutters:

Thursday Doors 25 April 2019

Thursday Doors: Tranquility Base again

We have just rented this little house, no more than 50 yards from our own front door here in Tranquility Base, for my mother. It’s very bijou.

This gave us access to some previously unseen doors of a barn which belongs to another of our neighbours:

Thursday Doors 21 March 2019