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

Muddy tracks

There are many ‘roads’ like this one around here – access tracks for agricultural equipment. You certainly wouldn’t want to try and get your shiny new roadster along here, or even your flash SUV, probably.

It has been a very wet winter here and the ground is very muddy, which accounts for the almost three-dimensional set of tractor tracks in this image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Roads

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

A common enough sight round these parts:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Common

Autumn sunrise

The soft colours of an autumn sunrise over our fields fits the brief for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pastel/Soft Colours

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

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