Renewal

The good news is that the daffodils are back.

The bad news is that so are the weeds.

fpj-photo-challenge: Renewal

Stacked

Out here, wood-fired heating is still the norm, so there’s a lot of bois de chauffage to be seen in the nearby fields. This particular stack of logs, just down the road from us, would be enough to keep a home fire burning for years.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stack

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

The well-trained bird of prey – such as this owl – will always return to its handler: especially when there’s food to be had.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals

This noble-looking horse was carrying one of the riders at the Birds of Prey show in Confolens-St-Germain.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Animals

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Travel

In the desert outside Al-Ain, in the United Arab Emirates, various modes of travel are on offer. Having ridden (albeit briefly) a camel – an interesting, if rather unsettling, experience – personally I’d stick to the road.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Travel

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hope

Studying the racecard in the hope of finding a winner.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Hope

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Connect

Frank’s theme for his Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is ‘Connect’: a poignant topic in the current times.

This image was taken from a hill on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Look carefully and you can see all three of the bridges that connect Edinburgh to the Kingdom of Fife.

Oh, and that white thing in the air on the left is an aeroplane. Remember them?

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Connect

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spread

Frank’s theme for this week is ‘Spread’.

Before we retired to France, we came over for a few weeks each summer to see how the renovations of Brokedown Palace were coming along. We generally stayed at a Chambre d’Hôte in nearby Le Dorat.

One weekend while we were there, however, the place was being used for a wedding reception, and since our room overlooked the garden in which it was being held, they were good enough to invite us. It was quite a spread…

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Spread

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

Petra is built on a colossal scale, as is evident from this view of the Treasury from the Siq – the 1.2km long narrow passage that is the most common way to enter the ‘rose-red city, half as old as time’.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Junk

In the UK, the conventional wisdom is that, if you’re looking to sell your house, you make it clean and tidy; perhaps brew some fresh coffee, even bake some bread, in order to create a cosy, welcoming ambience for the prospective purchaser.

In rural France, however, as we discovered on our own house-hunting trip, it’s common practice just to pile up a load of junk and invite the viewer to use their imagination and see past it.

(We didn’t buy this one – although that isn’t to say that the one we did end up acquiring looked any better on first sight)

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Junk