This week’s A Lingering Look at Windows, Dawn’s wonderfully laid back weekly photo challenge, has me remembering a visit to the delightful town of Bordeilles in the Dordogne region of southwestern France in the summer of 2012. Transported as I was to window heaven, I snapped away. Here are just a few of those photos:
I just love the mix of the new with the old, the painted wooden window frames, some in bright colours;
Some in warm wood with outside shutters, delicate lace curtains hanging prettily on the inside:
Or the not so pretty curtains, but still rustically beautiful hung as they are in ill-fitting windows framed by sun-bleached shutters. In this photo I wanted to capture the door as well as the window, both a thing of beauty to me set in grey stone so typical of the types of buildings found in rural France.
Notice the chair and just a peek of a small table to the left of the slightly-ajar door? Perfectly positioned for al fresco dining in the cool-brick shade away from the heat of a French high-summer, mere inches away.
Yet what sets these windows off so perfectly are the themed pot plants perched on their stone window ledges. They are lovingly watered and nurtured to keep their natural beauty alive for all who wander by to lazily admire.
These windows keep the heat out and the cool in but they don’t close out the world. They don’t say “Keep out” or “Go away”. With their carefully placed accessories they say, “Look at me, look at how endearing and welcoming we are, all for your pleasure”.
I would like to clothe my windows with outside colour so here, in England, I grow a rambling rose-bush around them. I don’t have stone window ledges but if I did they would be home to a mismatched line-up of terracotta pots stuffed full of red geraniums and I would sit down on a rickety chair just outside my old, heavy-wooden slightly-ajar door and I would say to you, “Won’t you join me for a glass of something to wile away the hours? Acclamations à vous tous! Cheers to you all!”
Well, we can all dream, can’t we?