Thursday Doors: Bussiere-Poitevine (3)

A third instalment of doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine

As I’ve noted on numerous occasions in these posts, the streets of many villages and small towns of rural France are littered with old, long-closed shop premises which often display a ‘frozen-in-time’ snapshot of design from fifty or sixty years ago. Bussière is no exception. This one seems once to have been a mercerie:

Equally past its sell-by date is the sign on this garage door alleging that it is in constant use. It’s fair to say that it isn’t:

More doors that no longer seem to perform any function:

Although there just might still be a spark of life in these:

Thursday Doors 26 September 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussière-Poitevine (2)

This week, another instalment of characterful doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine.

Apart from this first one, which careful readers will spot immediately is, in fact, a well-rusted gate.

During my doorscursion wander around Bussière I came across a little street that was cordoned off at each end. Naturally, I stepped over the tape and went to see what the fuss was all about.

The notice on the first door was posted by the local Mairie and advises that the building is in a dangerous, structurally unsound, state and calls on the registered owner (who has an address some distance away from this area) to do something about it within three months. It’s dated about six months ago.

Next door is what may once have been a shop:

In rather better condition are these two neighbouring  town houses in a little square:

However, my clear favourite from this batch is this unusually designed green door on the opposite corner of the same square. My best guess is that this used to be a pigsty.

Thursday Doors 19 September 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussière-Poitevine

Bussière-Poitevine is a sizeable village about a fifteen minute drive from here at Tranquility Base. From our perspective it’s probably most notable for being the location of the charity shop where Madame volunteers and having a boulangerie that produces indecently good patisserie.

But it also has many interesting doors, as I discovered on a recent doorscursion and as you will over the next few weeks.

Although there are more independent commercial premises still operating in Bussière than in many other similar-sized villages here in rural France, there are even more that have fallen by the wayside, such as this garage mechanic:

Next door to that is another unused door. Strictly speaking, you can only see the shutter, but the colour is very striking:

Trade here was once, of course, primarily agricultural, which explains the many barn doors to be found, even in the heart of the village. Some are in a rather better state than others:

Finally for this week, I have no explanation of what could once have lain behind this very small door in the corner of an old house:

Thursday Doors 12 September 2019

Thursday Doors: Perigueux – Fin de Série

At last, the well of doors from Perigueux seems to have run dry…

…although we are going back again in a few weeks. so who knows?

Last week, we finished with a green door, so in the interests of continuity….

This door seems to be sitting quietly at the bottom of a tower, trying not to be noticed:

While this one is tucked away in a little courtyard, close to a rather good Indian restaurant:

And sometimes you just have to keep your eyes peeled:

These next two are the same, but different:

And finally, it’s not really about the door in this instance, but this is an impressive shopfront:

Thursday Doors 5 September 2019

Thursday Doors: If it’s Thursday it must be Perigueux – again

I promise faithfully that there will come an end to this steady stream of doors from the town of Perigueux, in south-west France.

But not this week…or next week, come to that.

However, in the interests of balanced reporting, this time we feature three arched doors and three rectangular ones, all with their individual character, I’d venture to say.

Starting with the arched doors, this one seems to be looking straight back at me:

Whereas this one just looks put upon and generally world-weary:

while this one just seems denied of any basic respect:

Those doors with squarer shoulders fare a little better:

but not much:

Nice, finally, to see one ready to stand up to the challenge:

Thursday Doors 29 August 2019

Thursday Doors: Still Perigueux

The gift that keeps on giving – another selection of doors from the recently discovered cache of photographs I took in the town of Perigueux last year.

It seems to be a quite popular thing to have doors made of asymmetric lengths of wood, which must be an OCD nightmare:

 

 

Those two have obviously recently had a fresh coat of varnish, which you couldn’t say for this:

Two contrasting doors side by side:

I admit, this shot is more about the autumnal colours (it was taken last October) than the door, but there’s definitely one in there:

However, this is my favourite from this week’s gallery:

Thursday Doors 22 August 2019

Thursday Doors: Even More From Perigueux (3)

Another instalment from Perigueux of doors with fading charms.

This must have been quite a grand house once upon a time:

A couple of doors glimpsed from other doorways:

Two doors AND the inside of a shutter, all in one:

And a door within a door. with some interesting nailwork:

And finally a comparatively prosaic example:

Thursday Doors 15 August 2019