Off The Road

This old Renault just up the road (i.e.three miles away) in the village of Saint Barbant hasn’t moved in all the five and more years that we’ve been living here in France. I think it’s been abandoned.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Thursday Doors: Gates of St-Barbant and St-Martial

As promised last week, here is a final collection of images from the conjoined villages of Saint-Barbant and Saint-Martial-sur-Isop, focussing – just for a change – on gates.

Or rather, in this case, gateposts:

An unusually long and well cared-for example:

And it’s nice to see that the cemetery is looked after:

But oh dear…

Next week, something rather different: a restored Cistercian Abbey.

Thursday Doors 6 July 2017

Thursday Doors: Saint-Barbant (2)

This week, some more of the doors on offer in the little village of Saint-Barbant.

Ever since I got bitten by the Doors bug (cheers Norm), I have looked at this stretch of wall as we drive through Saint-Barbant and thought that it needs to be explored in more detail:

Yes, a whole range of doors that aren’t doors any more:

This one in particular intrigues me. The brick surround is obviously comparatively modern, and while it’s common enough to see old doors blocked up, in this case it must have happened relatively recently:

Moving on to actual doors, but keeping the blocked-up theme, here’s a proper door and an ex-window:

I’ve always liked the ironwork on the doors of the church  (that notice on the left is, sadly, a sign of the times: one has been placed on all public buildings in France as part of the continuing State of Emergency):

Just along from the church is the former tram station: Saint-Barbant was one of the main stations on the Limousin network (although you’d never guess that now), which is why this is more than twice as big as the typical tram stop:

And finally something a little different and definitely prosaic. I think it may once have been used for chickens:

Next week the caravan moves on fifty yards down the road to Saint-Martial-sur-Isop.

Thursday Doors 8 June 2017

Thursday Doors: Saint-Barbant (1)

Turn right out of our place and after about three and a half miles you’ll reach the village of Meziérès-sur-Issoire, the administrative centre of the commune we live in, and which has featured in this series in the past.

Turn left and travel the same distance, however, and you will reach the village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. Press on for a couple of hundred yards further and – on the same road and quite indistinguishable apart from the tell-tale road signs – you’ll be in the village of Saint-Barbant. Two churches and two mairies, all within a radius of about a hundred yards: only in France.

There are no shops or other amenities in either village: Saint Barbant had a part-time Post Office until a few years ago (now a private residence) and going further back it boasted a tram stop. The most important thing about both places, though, is that they have some very interesting doors (and gates), as we’re going to demonstrate over the next few weeks.

The doors in this first instalment are all located in Saint-Barbant – and they all come with flowers:

Although patently, this house is unoccupied:

And this isn’t even a house:

…and nor is this one:

Thursday Doors 1 June 2017