Posted on December 21, 2018
Prior to a short break for the holiday season, Norm has suggested that this week we look back over the past year and select some of our favourites. I’m quite happy to go along with that, so here are half a dozen blasts from the (recent) past, culminating in my personal Door of The Year.
Although you can digitally manipulate almost every aspect of an image these days, somehow you can’t alter the fundamental quality of the light in which the original image was captured. It couldn’t get much better than when I took this photograph of a superannuated refreshment room in Villandry.
Another example of ideal light is this image from Chabanais:
This gates/door combination from the neighbouring village of Nouic has no great age, but I do find the symmetry (and the colour) very attractive.
This door, to be found in our local village, was posted comparatively recently, but as it received an above-average number of favourable comments, here’s another look.
Here’s my runner-up: with its faded panels and especially the faded lace curtains, it strikes me as archetypally French:
However, (fanfare) here is my Door Of The Year. This is from Cahors. Can you beat that for decrepitude? I’ll wait.
Thursday Doors 20 December 2018
Posted on December 13, 2018
Blond is another one of those picturesque villages within a half-hour’s drive from here at Tranquility Base. It’s big USP is the annual Capon Fair, which took place last Sunday. The weather wasn’t great, so there were by no means as many stalls as in previous years. On the positive side, that left more gaps through which to spot some interesting doors.
The church, which is fortified, is always visible, however:
…although this side door wouldn’t stand up to much of a battering:
Just behind the church is this little stone edifice, which seems to be standing guard over a stream that’s only about a foot wide:
This is one of the doors usually obscured by market stalls:
The garage looks bigger than the rest of the house:
Artistically, this decrepit little door juxtaposes well with the stagnant green pool in front of it:
Thursday Doors 13 December 2018
Posted on December 6, 2018
Another selection of old doors from the town of Perigueux. Mostly brown, of course, but not this first – comparatively unusual – specimen:
But normal service is soon resumed, with these satisfyingly tatty specimens:
Most old doors aren’t completely straight or rectangulat, but this one takes it a bit far:
And finally double bonus points for two doors within doors:
Thursday Doors 6 December 2018
Posted on November 29, 2018
Continuing with the second tranche of the doors of Perigueux, here are some more old brown ones:
…of which this is a shockingly neglected example, albeit with a rather grand surround:
But why settle for one door when you can have two:
Some doors are better preserved than others, of course:
…and some aren’t even brown:
More from Perigueux next week, then it’s time for another little mini-break.
Thursday Doors 29 November 2018
Posted on November 22, 2018
After the last few weeks’ diversions, we’re back to the town of Perigueuex in the Dordogne for another selection of doors from its medieval centre.
To begin with, two doors for the price of one, with a nice juxtaposition of old and new:
And here are a couple more doors with some colour to them:
But it remains the case that most doors are just plain brown – even this comparatively modern one:
As well as these older examples:
Thursday Doors 22 November 2018
Posted on November 15, 2018
This week we have what are, to the best of my knowledge, the last few photogenic doors in the local village of Mézières-sur-Issoire
Last week’s post ended with the door at 1 Rue du Lavoir. Here are some more doors from the same little street:
In rather better condition is this shed door, to be found on the main road:
And finally, just to prove that we’re all out of doors, an impressively weatherbeaten pair of shutters (big enough to be a door)
Thursday Doors 15 November 2018
Posted on November 8, 2018
A couple of weeks ago saw the annual ‘Expo’ of arts and ‘passions’ in our local village. As in previous years, Madame dispalyed some of her quilts, to widespread approbation, while I stuck up a few photographs for people to walk past without noticing.
Once again, I took the opportunity after lunch to go for a wander around parts of the village that are off the beaten track and managed to find a few doors (enough for this week and next, at any rate) that I had somehow missed in previous years.
This first one is actually on the main road, but down at ground level I’d not noticed it before.
The next few doors were along a road that leads out of town into the countryside.
This one is particularly interesting – if you like that kind of thing – as it’s clear from the surrounding stonework that it’s been repurposed at least twice in its history:
Back in the centre of the village is a little lane, Rue du Lavoir (Laundry Street), that few would venture along without a specific purpose – or the need to feed the insatiable Doors monster:
Thursday Doors 8 November 2018