Scenes from the crypt

For this week’s theme of ‘Murals’, some very old artwork on the walls of the crypt of the church in the village of Gargilesse, in central France.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Murals

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Mystery

Today I am participating for the first time – as it moves into its second year – in the Tuesday Photo Challenge hosted by Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo!

The theme for this week is ‘Mystery’. This photograph shows part of the astonishing painted ceiling in the crypt of the village church of Gargilesse, in central France. Clearly, it’s a religious – specifically Christian and even more specifically Roman Catholic – theme, and as such some of the imagery is familiar, but there’s also some that’s a mystery, at least to me.

Mundane: But Who Will Frame The Framers?

The’Mundane Mondays’ Challenge asks us either to find a kind of beauty in, or find a beautiful frame for, the commonplace. This one might be a bit off-piste, as it were, but for a challenge where framing is important I couldn’t resist this sign, outside a picture-framer’s workshop (‘encadrerie’) in the village of Gargilesse, in central France.

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Mundane Mondays

Thursday Doors: Gargilesse (encore)

More doors from the picturesque village of Gargilesse this week. If there is a common thread to this batch, it’s that all these doors, rather than being pictured in isolation, as it were, are shown in the context of the houses to which they belong.

I’m intrigued as to why the plate on the right hand gatepost of this house reads “Old Fashion Jazz Band”:

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I’m also intrigued as to the significance of the cut-out letter ‘M’ in this upper-story door. It can’t be the obvious, because that would be ‘H’ for hommes.

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This building used to be a pottery, which probably explains the substantial artefact in front of the door:

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Not exactly disabled access, this one:

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or this:

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Thursday Doors 27 October 2016

Thursday Doors: Gargilesse

Not far from Nohant (assuming that your coach driver doesn’t get lost, like ours did – and not for the first time that day) is the picturesque village of Gargilesse, where George Sand had a smaller house, which was subsequently home to her daughter and husband for many years.

As well as a medieval church – of which this is the side door – with a remarkably frescoed crypt, the village also has a fair few, more interesting, doors.

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There are doors in there somewhere, trust me:

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These are rather easier to see. The first one is my favourite of this batch:

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More from Gargilesse next week.

Thursday Doors 20 October 2016

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 9 – Patterns

The Girl That Deams Awake has set the topic of ‘Patterns’ for this week.

Most stained glass windows display overtly religious images. However, this example, to be found in the crypt of the medieval church in the French village of Gargilesse, is an interesting exception.

The geometric patterns remind me of Celtic designs (Celtic knots?). I’m also reliably informed – by Madame the quilter (a.k.a. The Best Girl Ever) – that there are very similar quilting patterns.

In another departure from tradition, the colours are far more subdued than in typical stained glass windows.

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