Now that the summer is over and we return to our normal opening hours here on the hillside (5 days a week instead of 7) we are able, on rare occasions, to indulge in the odd visit to pastures new, to wallow in some slightly different scenery and recharge our batteries. Usually our ‘grand days out’ involve one or more technical hitches, either we have chosen the only day in the week when everywhere is closed or it pours with rain, or we forget to take any money or all of the above together. This week’s visit started out well with the discovery that the camera battery was as dead as a dodo. The little emergency camera was called up for duty and stepped bravely into the breach, taking some shots that I decided were really not bad at all. Our destination was the delightful town of Jonzac in the heart of cognac country, for a spot of lunch and a wander about. The town boasts some wonderful architecture from various notable epochs, all of it hewn from the gloriously warm and textured local limestone. I found myself, as always, drawn to the doors and entryways of the various buildings, which somehow reflect the towns’ obvious prosperity alongside it’s humbler rural aspects. Here is a selection of doors – including the church – and a château window which I couldn’t resist throwing into the mix……………….
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