Thursday Doors: Chedigny

The little village of Chédigny, in the central Indre-et-Loire département, is widely held to be one of the loveliest in France, and is particularly noted for its flowers, which line the streets and can be found on or outside pretty much every house. Of course, every house has at least one porte and on a recent visit I took enough photographs for at least a couple of door-themed posts.

I’ll save the best flower-surrounded examples for another time (respecting the old adage that you should ‘always leave them wanting more’), but to whet the appetite, here are a few of the plainer – although still interesting in their different ways – examples.

The only thing to say about this first one is that it seems to have been overtaken by events, as half of it is below the current pavement level. If it opens outwards, then someone’s in trouble.

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By contrast, here are two doors with more elevated aspects, both of which you would step out through at your peril:

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And finally the austere simplicity of the side door of the village church:

Chedigny

Thursday Doors 26 May 2016

Thursday Doors: Delage

As far as I know, there’s no rule that says Thursday Doors have to be on a building…

So here are the doors of a Delage vintage car, taken at a fête des fleurs in Magnac-Laval earlier this year:

Delage

Thursday Doors 19 May 2016

Thursday Doors: Chez Philippe

Chez Philippe is what’s known in France as a ‘Lieu-dit‘ (literally, ‘a place called..’). This appelation is usually given to a group of buildings not big enough to constitute a village, or even a hamlet. This one is in the neighbouring commune of Nouic and consists mainly of an alpaca farm run by an English couple. It also has many interesting doors, including the only one I’ve ever seen with a window-box:

 

 

Thursday Doors 12 May 2016

Thursday Doors: Oradour-sur-Glane

There is a story behind this week’s post for Thursday Doors and it’s not a pleasant one. This was taken in Oradour-sur-Glane. It’s about twenty miles from here and in June 1944 over 600 of its residents were massacred by a detachment of SS troops, as a ‘reprisal’. The site is now a national monument and has deliberately been left exactly as it was. A grim reminder, indeed, but also a very powerful one.

Oradour

Thursday Doors 5 May 2016

Thursday Doors: Chartres (encore)

This week’s contribution was actually inspired by last week’s post from Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery, which showed a range of open doors. After all, who said the door had to be closed?

And who said you had to be looking in? This is one of the big doors  of Chartres Cathedral, looking out to some of the exterior stonework. Given the high contrast between light and dark, getting a worthwhile image certainly put Lightroom through its paces, but I think it was worth the effort.

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Thursday Doors 28 April 2016

Thursday Doors: Emily’s Henhouse

Emily, our nearest neighbour, keeps some chickens on a little plot just across the road from her house. They spend the day foraging around the patch of ground, but at night they’re shut up in this old building with doors that, it’s fair to say, have seen better days – although not for quite a while.

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Thursday Doors 21 April 2016

Thursday Doors: Potting Shed

The back wall of our laverie (we use it as a utility room) is supported by a buttress. Our very clever builders used this to create a potting shed for Madame; they also made this nice little door for it.

Potting

Thursday Doors 14 April 2016