Low Tech

Even with all the latest technology and machinery available to them, farmers’ work is hard. It’s difficult to imagine how tough it must have been when everything had to be done by hand with simple toools like these.

CMMC 17 February 2021

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

Left Behind

They do things differently here in La France profonde.

If you were trying to sell your house, the chances are that you’d have it spotless, impeccably tidy and quite possibly pervaded with the smell of freshly-baked bread and perked coffee.

Here it’s quite common for everything to be just left behind, like a particularly scruffy Mary Celeste.

We didn’t buy this one…

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Left Behind

The Farmer’s Track

Deep in rural Charente…..

CMMC 23 December 2020

Front Elevation

Our humble abode (aka ‘Brokedown Palace’).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Outside Home

Frisky

Some Limousin cattle doing what comes naturally.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Farm Animals

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 32 Frame within a frame

This week in the Smartphone Challenge we’re asked for a shot that’s framed naturally.

Can do. At the side of our garage a line of trees separates our property from a neighbour’s field, in which he grazes some of his horses.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 32

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 28 Culture

This week, the challenge is to post a picture that conveys ‘your culture’.

Which begs the question, what is my culture? As an English (although I prefer to be Scouse, which is most definitely not the same thing) expatriate living very happily in rural France, the answer is by no means clear-cut.

However, I think this image of a brightly painted old-fashioned cart on display outside the Mairie gives a decent idea of my current cultural circumstances.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 28 Your Culture

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 21 Serenity

“What does serenity mean to you?’ is the question posed for the 21st instalment of the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

I always find this view very tranquil and calming (not that I often need to calm down). It’s what I see when I look over the wall of our back garden. The two fields were bought with the house, so for a few brief minutes I am master of all I survey.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 21 Serenity

The old cart

When we bought our ruin house, there was a deconstructed old cart in what we now call our ‘Salon’ but was then a dirt-floored room that had probably housed livestock back in the day.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels