Mundane Monday: Bottles

I thought I’d return to the Mundane Monday Challenge hosted by In a new departure, we’re to get a theme for each week, starting this time with ‘Bottles’.

This display outside a shop in Sarlat, in the Dordogne, is certainly colourful, although I prefer the colour of the bottles to their contents: an aperitif flavoured with salted caramel. I think I’ll stick to pastis, thank you very much.

Mundane Monday Challenge 1 January 2018

V is for Vase (or U is for Urn)

Detail of a Sèvres porcelain vase, on display in a museum in Sarlat. Monochrome highlights the extraordinary detail of the decoration.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: U or V

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Take a ride in the glass lift that’s now inside the bell-tower of the church and you will find yourself atop the medieval town of Sarlat, in the Dordogne, with matchless views over the tops of the old buildings:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

A Nod To Escher

This photograph is of part of a ruined monastery (I think) in Sarlat, a medieval town in the Dordogne.

This week, Cee is looking for images of rocks. You could perhaps argue that these are stones rather than rocks, but what exactly is the difference between a stone and a rock?

Well, according to Wikipedia (so it must be true), stone is rock that’s had a bit of work done on it. Still made of rock though, I’d argue.

Judiciously cropped, as here, it reminded me of something that M C Escher might have produced.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Rocks

Thursday Doors: Sarlat (encore)

Previously in Thursday Doors we’ve seen what are unquestionably the largest doors in Sarlat and what is probably the smallest. So, to complete the range, here are some in between.

This is a Gift/Craft Shop and it’s completely bonkers:


While these are just plain old:





Thursday Doors 28 July 2016


Finding something over 50 years old for this week’s edition of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge isn’t the hard part. Just looking in the mirror solves that problem.

However, to spare all of us the ordeal of a self-portrait, here are three photographs taken in a chateau in Sarlat, which is set up as it might have looked in the sevententh century (way more than fifty years ago).

This old book (Proceedings of the Committee on French Africa – riveting stuff) is artfully placed on a desk, but I liked the cropped version showing the book itself and the (also artfully placed) reading glasses:


Sepia seemed the most appropriate colour cast for this formal dining-room:


But my favourite image is this one. A quasi-impressionist view through some very old window-panes, the antiquity of which is attested by the fact that they’re full of bubbles, showing that they were made in the days before glaziers had mastered the techniques of producing absolutely clear glass in mass-market quantities:


Contrasting colours

Well, I learned something today. Did you know that colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel, when mixed, produce black? There’s a fact to be added to the store of useless information.

However, on this occasion we’re not looking to mix opposing colours but to juxtapose them. Essentially there are three ‘pairs’ of opposing colours, so here are a couple of images of each set:

Red and Green

Two roses, the first from Monet’s Garden, the second from outside our own back door (this one hs a wonderful, heady scent. Madame’s grandmother had some of these in her own garden and it brings back happy memories).

Orange and Blue

Two photographs taken on the island of Burano, in the Venetian lagoon

Purple and Yellow

I had to get a bit creative here, as I don’t seem to have many images featuring this pairing in my library.

The first is an imposing building in Bruges, where the yellow detail on the columns contrasts with the indigo shade of the reflected sky in the windows. The second is a detail of a window display in a quilting supplies shop in Sarlat. The purple and yellow are among the threads at the top, in case you’re wondering.

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Contrasting colours