And the winner is….

Cee’s theme for her Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘Smile’.

The nearby town of Le Dorat is hosting the World Sheep-shearing Championships next month and already the place is en fête in anticipation. An amusing feature of the preparations is the decoration of shop windows with paintings related to the theme, including this one.

As far as I know, the Mondial de Tonte, as it’s called, isn’t a sheep beauty competition, but the winner here is certainly smiling, even if the runners-up don’t look too happy.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smile

Thursday Doors: Chez Durand

Only one door this week, I’m afraid, but it is a bit of a one-off.

If, like us, you spent many years living in Scotland, you couldn’t help but be very happy that, a mere twenty minutes drive away, there is a Scottish butchers shop, attached to a farm. They have cattle, pigs and sheep, all of which go into their exceptional products. How two people manage to run the farm and the shop pretty much on their own, I have no idea, but they do, even if sometimes the animals stray from their allotted locations into an old building with an eye-catching old door.

Thursday Doors 10 January 2019

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Our World

You may think that in this part of the world – deep in rural France – you’d never see a traffic jam.

Oh, but you do. Just wait until that big tractor pulls out right in front of you on a narrow road and proceeds to dawdle along at 15 miles an hour halfway to the next town.

Somehow, though, when it’s one of the local farmers moving some of his sheep from one field to another, it doesn’t seem so bad. There’s always time in our world.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Our World

Portrait of a sheep about to be shorn

This sheep was patiently waiting its turn to be sheared when I spotted it at last year’s ‘Wool Fair’ in nearby Saint-Martial-sur-Isop.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Facial Features

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beware Of The ‘Sheep’

WordPress’ Photo Challenge for this week asks for an image of where we live.

The eponymous village at the centre of the commune where we live is called Mézières-sur-Issoire. With the best will in the world, you couldn’t describe it as a tourist destination. There are no buildings of particular historical interest (although it does have its fair share of interesting doors). In the summer, tourists are more likely to pass through than to stop, unless it’s to use the parking facilities for mobile homes.

However, it can boast a touch of whimsy, in the form of the concrete sheep that are dotted around along the main road. This is sheep country after all.

I well remember the first time we saw them, as we drove into the village that has now become our home. They are – at least if you’re in a moving car – quite realistic, and are positioned so that they appear to be about to cross the road. They’re at least as effective as a speed bump – the first time, at any rate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Pastoral

Living, as we do, in the depths of the French countryside, it was never going to be a problem to find an image to respond to Cee’s theme for this week of ‘All Things Farm-Related’.

However, there’s only so much interest you can wring out of yet another picture of a tractor, so instead here is a landscape from just up the road. The item in the foreground is a hay feeder, used in the winter months when the sheep don’t have freshly growing grass to chew on. This photograph was taken in early summer this year, so no need for the winter silage.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: All Things Farm Related

Seven Feet

There are seven feet in this image of a sheep being shorn. Can you spot them all?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hands, Feet or Paws