We’re talking telephone numbers here…

This abandoned shop in the Scottish town of Haddington was once the go-to place for those new-fangled satellite dishes

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Numbers

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – empty shopfronts

More doors from Chabanais, but there’s a theme this week and it’s one I’ve written about before – the demise of the independent local retailer in rural France.

Thirty or forty years ago, the town could probably have supported two boucheries, but no longer..

I found the English sign in this window a little anomalous:

Other trades have also struggled to keep going:

Thursday Doors 31 October 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussiere-Poitevine (4)

A fourth instalment of doors from the village of Bussière-Poitevine. (We’re almost done here, I promise.)

By definition, it wouldn’t be a village if it didn’t have a church:

In last week’s post I showed an old shopfront. Here’s another:

Sometimes you need to look around you a little more carefully than usual to spot some interesting doors, like these two sets of ground-level cellar doors that happen to be opposite each other on the same street:

And down a little endroit:

Just a basic example, although the stonework is quite striking:

Thursday Doors 3 October 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussiere-Poitevine (3)

A third instalment of doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine

As I’ve noted on numerous occasions in these posts, the streets of many villages and small towns of rural France are littered with old, long-closed shop premises which often display a ‘frozen-in-time’ snapshot of design from fifty or sixty years ago. Bussière is no exception. This one seems once to have been a mercerie:

Equally past its sell-by date is the sign on this garage door alleging that it is in constant use. It’s fair to say that it isn’t:

More doors that no longer seem to perform any function:

Although there just might still be a spark of life in these:

Thursday Doors 26 September 2019

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

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: Perigueux – Shopfronts

So many doors in Perigueux…enough even to allow an individual theme of shopfronts for this week’s instalment.

Since we finished up last week with a blue door, continuity dictates that we start now with another:

Another clearly marked, if less colourful, example:

This is the shop window of a ‘luthier’ – a maker of violins and other string instruments:

Rather less obviously, this is now a boutique, but one with a pretty impressive entrance:

But I have no idea what these two commercial premises may once have been:

Thursday Doors 18 October 2018