Posted on December 30, 2019
The nearby town of Le Dorat hosted the ‘Mondial de Tonte’ (that’s the world sheep-shearing championships) back in July. For such an occasion, the place was, naturally, ‘en fête’, with most shop doors and windows being decorated with amusing pictures such as this one:
(You can find more of these images here)
Posted on July 19, 2019
This week, a final selection of doors from nearby Le Dorat and we’re back in our comfort zone with some gloriously tatty examples.
This is probably the pick of the bunch – no doubt a shop way back in the mists of time:
More abandoned examples:
These next two come with ‘matching’ shutters:
And finally, almost covered in foliage:
Thursday Doors 18 July 2019
Posted on July 11, 2019
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
Posted on July 4, 2019
The petit cité de caractère (as it likes to style itself) of Le Dorat has featured in this thread before, albeit only once and that almost three years ago. A recent visit – for a specific purpose that will be revealed next week – yielded quite a few previously undiscovered doors of character, starting with this impressive ironwork on the door of a butcher’s shop:
Echoing this style is the door….er, next door:
Two doors for the price of one next, although the impressive stonework surround gives the edge to the one on the right:
And here’s another with an even more elaborate surround:
But before we get carried away with ideas of grandeur, here are a couple of doors that could be politely described as derelict:
Thursday Doors 4 July 2019
Posted on June 5, 2019
Cee’s theme for her Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘Smile’.
The nearby town of Le Dorat is hosting the World Sheep-shearing Championships next month and already the place is en fête in anticipation. An amusing feature of the preparations is the decoration of shop windows with paintings related to the theme, including this one.
As far as I know, the Mondial de Tonte, as it’s called, isn’t a sheep beauty competition, but the winner here is certainly smiling, even if the runners-up don’t look too happy.
Posted on May 15, 2018
A few years ago, we happened to be in the Place Collégiale, in the town of Le Dorat, just as workmen were starting to mark out some parking bays with a lot of these metal discs. As they were brand new, they had a terrific shine on them, producing some very interesting reflections of the surrounding buildings.
Posted on April 6, 2018
Going back a few years, while we were still living in Abu Dhabi and our house here was being renovated, we would spend some of our summer holidays locally. We stayed in a Chambre d’Hôtes opposite the massive Collégiale church in Le Dorat.
Looking out of our window one afternoon, I saw this reflection in the roof of a car parked just below.