Posted on May 30, 2019
Last week we went on a coach trip to the town of Pompadour, in the Corrèze departement of France.
Historically the name is most usually linked to Madame Pompadour, the ‘official’ (sic) chief mistress of King Louis XV in the middle of the 18th century. Nowadays, however, Pompadour is best known for its equine-related activities. It’s the home of the French National Stud and many other breeding and training stables. as well as a noted racecourse (UK readers: think Newmarket).
Many of the stables, as well as the stud, are located in grand buildings which, apart from the horses, also offer some interesting doors to look at, of which this is the first selection.
Apart from the final image, these doors are to be found in the chateau or grounds of the National Stud itself.
Thursday Doors 30 May 2019
Posted on May 17, 2019
This week, another selection of doors from the nearby village of Sainte Radegonde, these a little more modern than the previous offerings.
The first two are positively pristine, as you would expect from occupied dwellings:
…although note the vestige of an older door in this image:
But decrepit doors are always the best – even comparatively modern ones:
Thursday Doors 16 May 2019
Posted on May 9, 2019
Drive halfway along the main street of St-Germain-de-Confolens (where many fine doors are to be found), turn right across the bridge over the River Vienne and you’ll find yourself in the little village of Sainte Radegonde, which has a few interesting doors of its own to offer.
The first of these is from a 15th century chapel, now deconsecrated:
Looking like it’s of a similar vintage is this grand house, just around the corner:
Not quite so ancient, but still getting on a bit, are these two weatherworn examples:
Thursday Doors 9 May 2019
Posted on April 25, 2019
Last weekend we went to a ‘brocante’ (an antiques fair, although in reality it’s more like a car-boot sale with ideas above its station) in the nearby village of Blond. There wasn’t a great deal of interest on the stalls, but I did spot a few more doors that I had missed on previous forays.
This first one is nice enough…
…although the one right next to it is far more interesting:
It’s quite common to see matching doors and shutters on houses in rural France, although usually in rather brighter colours than in this instance:
At this time of year wisteria is flowering everywhere, which provides an attractive counterpoint to many photographic subjects. Even gates…
…and unkempt shutters:
Thursday Doors 25 April 2019
Posted on March 21, 2019
We have just rented this little house, no more than 50 yards from our own front door here in Tranquility Base, for my mother. It’s very bijou.
This gave us access to some previously unseen doors of a barn which belongs to another of our neighbours:
Thursday Doors 21 March 2019
Posted on March 7, 2019
Apologies for the recent hiatus in door posts, but the fact of the matter is that I had just run out of doors worthy of your consideration and so far this year have had neither the opportunity nor the suitable weather to find any new ones.
However, we recently visited our daughter and family who live near the town of Beverley in East Yorkshire and I managed to capture with my iPhone these few examples of the typical Georgian style. They’re rather better looked after than those I tend to put up here, but interesting nonetheless.
I’ll be back when I’ve got some more to share.
Note the decorative pair of wellington boots next to this door:
Thursday Doors 7 March 2019
Posted on January 17, 2019
Late last year we went and stayed for a few days with our son and daughter-in-law, who recently moved down from Edinburgh to London, where they have bought a lovely house in the west London suburb of Chiswick. These are a few of the doors I noticed on our (many) dog-walking expeditions. Rather different from the usual diet here of tatty rural French doors, but a change is as good as a rest.
It’s fair to assume that this is not the only door belonging to this house:
This one boasts a closed-in porch:
While this one goes for the grand porticoed look:
But if you really want grand, you need to visit the Grade 1 listed Chiswick House, formerly the London residence of the Duke of Devonshire, but now a public park. This is ‘just’ the side view:
Finally, a couple of more prosaic ‘tradesmen’s entrances’
Thursday Doors 17 January 2019
Posted on January 10, 2019
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
Posted on January 3, 2019
Back from the holiday break with a second selection of doors from the nearby village of Blond.
These first two are actually in the same bâtiment, but I think deserve separate consideration:
This next door perhaps isn’t so interesting in itself, but I’ve never seen a building with so many pinions holding it together. We have one, which prevents our front wall falling off, but this….
And then there’s this. Note how the lintel on the smaller door is not the original:
The final contribution from Blond. I’m assuming that this is unoccupied, but you can’t always be sure:
Thursday Doors 3 January 2019
Posted on December 21, 2018
Prior to a short break for the holiday season, Norm has suggested that this week we look back over the past year and select some of our favourites. I’m quite happy to go along with that, so here are half a dozen blasts from the (recent) past, culminating in my personal Door of The Year.
Although you can digitally manipulate almost every aspect of an image these days, somehow you can’t alter the fundamental quality of the light in which the original image was captured. It couldn’t get much better than when I took this photograph of a superannuated refreshment room in Villandry.
Another example of ideal light is this image from Chabanais:
This gates/door combination from the neighbouring village of Nouic has no great age, but I do find the symmetry (and the colour) very attractive.
This door, to be found in our local village, was posted comparatively recently, but as it received an above-average number of favourable comments, here’s another look.
Here’s my runner-up: with its faded panels and especially the faded lace curtains, it strikes me as archetypally French:
However, (fanfare) here is my Door Of The Year. This is from Cahors. Can you beat that for decrepitude? I’ll wait.
Thursday Doors 20 December 2018