Shooting A drive-By

Even in the depths of the countryside (i.e just up the road in Asnieres-sur-Blour), where few tourists ever venture, the locals sometimes can’t resist dressing up in ‘archetypal’ clothes – beret and red neckerchief – and parading up and down the street in their lovingly cared-for old tractors.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Wheels

Shepherds’ Delight

Last week for the Fun Foto Challenge we had the theme of ‘Here Comes The Sun’. This prompted me to post an image of dawn breaking in our little part of the world.

This week, the topic is ‘Tomorrow’, which gave me the idea of posting an image of a sunset holding out the promise of a pleasant day to come. As the old saw has it: ‘red sky at night, shepherds’ delight’.

This photo was also taken outside the back of our house, although obviously this time facing west rather than east.

(And before you say it, I am fully aware of the fundamental futility of having a gate that you can just walk around. But it does add interest to the image.)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tomorrow

Daybreak On The Land

A dramatic sunrise on a misty November morning in the French countryside.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Here Comes The Sun

Wherever the road leads

Who knows where this farm track leads?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Outdoor paths

Wherever The Road Leads

Cee’s Black & White Challenge for this week is to show places to walk or hike. Out here in the French countryside the ‘proper’ roads are few and far between, but there are many mysterious-looking tracks, used only for farmers’ access, that are well worth exploring on a country walk.

In this case, I particularly liked the strong shadows of the trees across the path, which look almost like railway sleepers as they recede into the distance .

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Places to walk or hike

Rural Toys

If you grow up in the countryside, chances are that you’ll be playing with country toys….

….and when you don’t play with them any more, you collect them..

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Toys

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