Thursday Doors – Lucky 13

So here I am, still on WordPress and all set to stay awhile and participate in one of my favourite ‘challenges’ Thursday Doors!  I’m back in the world of graveyards again for this week’s entry as I couldn’t resist sharing a door I found in the city of Angoulême cemetery this week. The weather was particularly…

Thursday Doors – Inside the Cathedral

Dear Readers,   I will be moving my blog over the next few days to a new self-hosted site. If all goes well I shall still be linked to my dear WordPress community and nothing much will change except for a new site, my special project and some new avenues to explore ; if I get…

Thursday Doors – A Few Gothic Studs & A Door Knocker

It’s been strange not participating in Thursday Doors this last couple of weeks but at last I’ve had a little free time to get out and about with the camera for a spot of door hunting. A stroll around some of the narrow streets in the old part of the town of Angoulême this week uncovered…

Thursday Doors – A Little Graveyard Classical

Having spent most of my recent photographic time in one local cemetery or another, my chances for photographing a door of the normal variety has been somewhat limited. So, I figured I’d go with the flow and present for this weeks’ Thursday Doors offering another amazing door on a tomb. The local cemeteries are full…

Thursday Doors – A Little Graveyard Gothic

I’m in the middle of a project at the moment which seems to be taking me quite frequently to visit some of our local churches and churchyards. On one or two of my visits this last couple of weeks I have been astounded by the beautiful examples of art and architecture to be found in…

Thursday Doors – Former Glory

I thought I’d share another church door for this week’s Thursday Doors post. Unlike the delightful tiny gem featured last week, this is a large village church which feels a little neglected these days but which must have been quite magnificent centuries ago in its heyday.  Built, as so many of the local churches, during…

Thursday Doors – A Tiny Village Church

There is a tiny hamlet not far from the hillside which despite its diminutive size, boasts a number of lovely old buildings, a ‘town hall’ or Mairie and one of the sweetest little churches I have ever come across. The postage stamp grounds around it are always immaculately kept, the hedges and bushes trimmed and…

Thursday Doors – In a French Cemetery

I hope I shall be forgiven for the slightly strange theme of my Thursday Doors post this week. Whilst visiting and photographing a number of extraordinary ancient churches in our area over the last few months, I have also taken the opportunity to wander and explore a few of the local cemeteries.  The tiny glimpses into…

Thursday Doors – At the End of the Tunnel

We’re visiting another abbey for my Thursday Doors post this week but this time it is not a ruin but a functioning monastery. The wonderful buildings of the Abbey of Saint Etienne, founded in the year 1003, were home until 3 years ago to 6 missionary monks of the order of Saint Theresa.  These 6…

Thursday Doors – Beauty and the Beastly Cement Works

For my Thursday Doors post this week, I am revisiting a different part of a splendid ensemble of buildings which were once the beautiful Abbey of Notre Dame. After a long and chequered past of good fortune and subsequent destruction during the 100 years’ War and the Wars of Religion, the abbey and its ‘logis’…

Thursday Doors – A Medieval Stone House

It’s been a week or three since I posted for Thursday Doors – Christmas being, fingers crossed, a busy time here for the boutique and work sometimes just has to take precedence –  but I’m surprised how much I’ve missed my regular postings and the Thursday Door community, so I thought I’d post a rather special…

Thursday Doors – A Long Way From Home

Last week two of our regular Thursday Door contributors – the illustrious Norm himself and the wonderfully whimsical Jean Reinhardt – posted a couple of light-hearted entries at a slight tangent to the usual ‘door on a building’ theme.  I confess that this week I have not been able to be out and about in search…