This has been a different and unusual week for me in many ways. So many thoughts swirl about my head at the moment, full of the twists and turns of every day living and the way life can turn on a dime, just like that, with even the most simplest of actions or the quietest of words spoken by another.
Taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge this week has been a revelation for me, and not just because I got to share all about my obsession with old windows, shutters and doorways. I’ve realised that having a weekly challenge like this will enable me to focus on a better writing structure which is just what I need to keep me on my writing path.
I will share more about this in tomorrow’s post.
Meanwhile, a few of you have suggested that I might want to think about sharing more ‘travel’ posts and photographs and so I am very much looking forward to Mondays now as my new ‘Weekly Photo Challenge’ day. All part of the new discipline!
I love having a new project to ‘get my teeth into’ and I’ve been so excited and thrilled to see all the interest in my first-ever photo challenge post, thank you all for coming over to my summerhouse and taking a peek through the window!
Which brings me onto – yet more windows! Yes, it is quite the coincidence that the Daily Post chose windows as its theme for the photo challenge this week and here I have bleated on and on all about my window obsession (hope I’m not boring you with it by now) but wouldn’t you know it, I have come across another photo challenge except that this one runs with ‘windows’ as its theme every week.
For some time I have followed my lovely friend Jude (Heyjude!!) over at her amazing travel and photographic blog Travel Words (she is one of my wonderful ‘Spamgate’ friends!) and she recently shared a post called A Lingering Look at Windows. Do pay her a visit if you would like to see some of her stunning photographs and read about her many and varied travels.
Jude shared a link to Dawn’s blog ‘The Day After‘ in which she hosts a weekly challenge inviting anyone who might be interested to post photos of any windows that they might find particularly inviting, curious, picturesque or just plain photogenic. Any window that tells a story in fact. You can read more about Dawn’s ‘Lingering Look at Windows’ challenge by clicking here.
Having caught the ‘challenge’ bug and thinking I would stick to just one, when I went over to Dawn’s blog and saw the weekly window theme I was hooked. Even though it seems that I’m taking on even more than I need to at this stage, this is actually a good thing and it helps me greatly. It stirs me up!
Again, more on this tomorrow (and don’t worry, I will still be posting in my ‘normal’ way for what it’s worth!)
Dawn’s challenge runs from Thursday to Thursday so what better day than today to start. I hope to take part every Thursday after this.
So for my first ‘Lingering Look at Windows’ challenge I would like to share this photo which I took from the inside of a farmhouse near Tocane in Southwestern France where we stayed with friends back in August, 2009. We were cooling off inside as it was a good 38C (100F) outside.
The beauty of the way the light bounced off the heavy, dark wood of the window panes, very typical of French homes, and the way it filtered through the muted softness of the voile panel so loosely hung there really grabbed me.
This photo is very reminiscent of my time living in California, when it would be blisteringly hot outside with that big-country wide-open sky stretching as high as the heavens and which contrasted so heavily with the dark-cool of having to retreat indoors, radiating as it did from the cold, granite tiles underfoot and the surrounding pale walls.
The white heat and the cream, muted light. The eternal stillness of this moment as I took this shot leaves me alone with my memories of another life once lived and which whispers to me still.