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

Haymaking

I suppose that, strictly speaking, this is not so much harvest as haymaking, but I think it stands on its own merits as a contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto theme for this week of ‘harvest’.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 3 – Black & White

A full moon far outshines the streetlamp in lighting the road that runs through our little hamlet.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge Week 3: Black & White

The old range

This big old open range was in the kitchen of a house in France that we looked at as a possible purchase, before settling on what was to become Brokedown Palace.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Basically one colour

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

A common enough sight round these parts:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

The weight of tradition

Go to any brocante or vide-grenier around these parts and you’ll find plenty of old farming utensils which would nowadays probably be classed as – and only useful for – ‘design pieces’. Almost inevitably,somewhere in the jumble will be an old set of weights – like these:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things found on a farm

Thursday Doors: Le Dorat – Celebrating The Mondial

Last week I promised more doors from Le Dorat, but with a bit of a twist, so here we have it.

Last weekend, the nearby town (although it prefers to think of itself as a petit cité) of Le Dorat played host to the world sheep-shearing championships. It may well have passed you by, since France was also at the same time the venue of the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup, but it was a big thing round these parts, where the sheep comfortably outnumber the human population.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to the event itself, but a few weeks earlier I paid a visit to Le Dorat to take a look at some of the celebratory artwork that was appearing on shop windows and shop doors in anticipation.

To begin with, some double shopfronts, starting with the local kebab shop:

Rather more upmarket, there was the Traiteur (that’s a deli to the likes of us):

And I can’t recall what this was:

For the next two, you’ll just have to take my word that they are on doors – of, respectively, the bank and an insurance broker:

All very impressive, but it was nice to see that even some more traditional doors were getting into the spirit (even if only by association):

Thursday Doors 11 July 2019

Who you gonna call….?

No, this isn’t my new smartphone…

Last weekend we visited the Chateau at Azay-le-Ferron. This telephone, now located in the kitchen, was apparently the first (so number one) telephone to be installed in the entire Indre département. Which of course begs the question of who could they call?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Road

Out here in the French countryside there are many roads like this: leading who knows where and accessible only by tractor.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Road

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wheel

Frank’s theme for his Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is ‘wheel’.

Here in rural France,  old cartwheels that are way past their sell-by date are a common sight. This one was spotted in the nearby village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop, during the ‘Wool Festival’, which accounts for the natty headgear.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Wheel