Thursday Doors: ‘Route 66’

No, it’s not that Route 66. This one is a biker hotel and bar in the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine. Turn off the road through the village into a small courtyard and you’ll find this small collection of doors.

Thursday Doors 23 January 2020

Thursday Doors: Tranquility Base again

For the uninitiated, ‘Tranquility Base’ is the nom de plume, as it were, of the little hamlet where we live: eighteen houses (including five holiday homes) and three streetlights – count’em.

Amazingly, there are (were) still some portals that haven’t been posted on here: until now.

Q: When is a door not a door? A: When it used to be:

This is on Paulette’s barn, as is this:

All of which forms a piece with the main house:

Much of the hamlet used to belong to the local sabotier (clog-maker), hence the fact that there are more than one of these signs

At the bottom of the garden behind the house currently inhabited by my old mum is this mysterious, disused shed:

But by far the best of this crop is here, which for years has been hidden behind a sheet of corrugated iron:

Thursday Doors 16 January 2020

Thursday Doors – St Junien revisited

Recently we’ve had to spend some time at the hospital in the nearby town of St-Junien.

It’s a comparatively modern place, although it replaced an adjacent much older and smaller institution:

It’s on the outskirts of the town but is surrounded by old houses, some of which boast rather interesting – in a decrepit kind of way – doors:

and gates…:

Some are better looked after than others:

But for a demonstration of what it means to be houseproud, it’s tough to beat the lace curtains on this garage:

Thursday Doors 9 January 2020

Thursday Doors: Chabanais (the gift that keeps on giving)

And still they keep coming….

This church in the centre of town has an imposing doorway, even though the building itself is not – like most churches  – free standing

You don’t see that many doors set into a corner, but here’s one:

A couple of doors with their accompanying shutters; the second looks particularly tired:

Another uncared for example

But to end on a more positive – i.e. better preserved – note:

Thursday Doors 12 December 2019

Thursday Doors: (still) Chabanais

We’re not quite done with the doors of Chabanais just yet.

To begin with, an empty shop premises that unaccountably got overlooked for the specfic post that featured those all too common doors. This must have been the local equivalent of Blockbuster:

Also featuring two doors this week, although with contrasting fortunes:

A couple of examples of doors with their surrounding shutters, the first in rather better nick than the second:

This door too might have once graced a shop, to judge from the window:

And it looks like all this door wants to do is sit in the corner and be left alone:

Thursday Doors 5 December 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – small doors and more

Another instalment of doors from the Charente town of Chabanais. To begin with, a selection of smaller examples, in varying states of preservation:

Next, two doors of broadly similar design but radically different condition

But my clear favourite this week is this repurposed doorway, which now boasts a Limousin sink

Thursday Doors 28 November 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – lonely and unloved

We’re still going through the fruits of my most recent doorscursion, to the Charente town of Chabanais. I’ve tried to group the images by theme each week and this time I’ve gone for the saddest, shabbiest doors I came across.

None more so than this:

There’s a small area in the town centre that’s about to see some renovation activity and is currently fenced off, so I thought I’d better record it before they go and spoil it. The flowerpot on the step adds a touch of poignancy.

More old abandoned examples:

Not so old, but not particularly cared for:

Thursday Doors 21 November 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – Double doors: and more

This week’s instalment of the doors of Chabanais has something of a theme in that it features exclusively double, or even multiple, doors.

Even something as prosaic as a garage can be accessorised with some curtains:

Or even some ornate decoration on the roofline:

Garages aren’t necessarily for just one vehicle, however:

Follow the signs for the public conveniences, though, and you’ll be in for a disappointment:

Finally, an old workshop:

Thursday Doors 14 November 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – The decaying courtyard

We’re still in Chabanais this week, for a whole row of mouldering doors in a little courtyard just next to the former Mairie.

This is the old Mairie, in its commanding position at the head of the bridge that crosses the Vienne:

But look to the right of that image. Better still, go into that little courtyard and you’ll find this little trove of very tatty doors:

Thursday Doors 7 November 2019

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