Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

There’s a bit of a story behind this particular image, posted in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Awakening’.

In October 2004 we came to France with the express purpose of finding a house to buy. We stayed in a gîte – I can’t remember the exact location, but it was somewhere in the Vienne département – and I brought with me my first digital camera, a 3MP Olympus compact (really good lens, by the way).

One morning – upon awakening, you could say – I looked out of the bedroom window and saw the dawn mist in the shallow dip between the hamlet where we were staying and the local village.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favourite Place

Echoing the theme of ‘Place’ set by Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo! on Tuesday, WordPress’ theme for their latest Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Favourite Place’.

For the sake of consistency – and because where I am now really is my favourite place – what can I do but post another image of home?

For Frank’s challenge, I showed an image of some trees that form part of the boundary between my two fields. Here, though, is one of those fields, as it was when we first saw it back in 2004.

The wooden fencing has been replaced by the wall seen in the other image, and the sheep – which belonged to our neighbour – have gone. Overall, it looks a little better groomed now than it did back then, although that’s probably only because the growing season hasn’t kicked in properly yet.

Restful (or, as they say round here, ‘tranquille’) isn’t it?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favourite Place

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beware Of The ‘Sheep’

WordPress’ Photo Challenge for this week asks for an image of where we live.

The eponymous village at the centre of the commune where we live is called Mézières-sur-Issoire. With the best will in the world, you couldn’t describe it as a tourist destination. There are no buildings of particular historical interest (although it does have its fair share of interesting doors). In the summer, tourists are more likely to pass through than to stop, unless it’s to use the parking facilities for mobile homes.

However, it can boast a touch of whimsy, in the form of the concrete sheep that are dotted around along the main road. This is sheep country after all.

I well remember the first time we saw them, as we drove into the village that has now become our home. They are – at least if you’re in a moving car – quite realistic, and are positioned so that they appear to be about to cross the road. They’re at least as effective as a speed bump – the first time, at any rate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Roman right-angle

At the Roman site of Cassinomagus, archaeologists have excavated the steps that surrounded and led down to the fountain or spring that would have provided the settlement with most of its fresh water.  This is a detail of one corner.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Corner

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

There are few things that convey a greater sense of serenity than a perfect reflection, as in this image of the River Vienne as it flows through the town of Chabanais.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Progress

Out here in the French countryside, many things are still done as they have been for generations – working off the lunar calendar, for example. However, the local farmers are by no means averse to using technology to make their life a bit easier.

So the horses have been put out to grass and the heavy work is now done with tractors. And that’s progress.

Just ask the horse.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Progress

Saint Cirq Lapopie (2)

This week, more doors from the lovely medieval village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, in the Lot region of southern France.

If it’s a village, it must have a church:

Another two-door image:

Arches are a common architectural theme…

…although not universal:

Finally, I had to include this one, for obvious reasons:

Thursday Doors 2 November 2017