Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday is a quiet day.

Schools start in a couple of weeks. The newsagent selling pens and notepads in readiness. 

The home help for Loics mother will do gardening, laundry and also cook and share meals. The cooking and sharing of meals is a particularly French gesture.

A fine old house by the road junction. It's seen better days but must have been quite the thing in its time.

On a side wall a window with a roller blind. The window is five feet above the ground.  What would it have been used for ? Why does it have a roller blind ? I stand and examine it but can think of no reason why it should be there or what its purpose was.

Back at home Bob opts for a doze in the now cooler sunshine.


WFT Nobby said...

The schools have already started in Scotland. For a transplanted Englishwoman, it always feels like summer has been forcefully terminated too soon.
Cheers, Gail.

Taste of France said...

The roller blind appears to be on a room off the grange, perhaps an atelier, since it seems to be at the far end from the living quarters. The opening is three windows wide, which would have been hard to cover with regular shutters. The roller blind offers an alternative to shutters, whether for security or for keeping the space cool in summer (the window above the grange door is covered by a shutter and probably not for security).
I like the thought of an "homme toutes mains." I know it means jack of all trades, but I prefer to imagine it literally.

potty said...

Security Blind or to keep the sun out of an area that might have been a garage/storeroom/utility room?

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I adore architectural interest... can't come up with any suggestions for this one though! YAM xx

Coppa's girl said...

At first glance I thought you'd found a very old photo of the ROF, before you waved your magic wand over it !
That metal roller shutter is similar to something we have over all our windows here. They serve the purpose of security and keeping the rooms cool in summer. I can leave the shutters down and the windows behind open, when I go out, and know that the house is secure, especially with the burglar alarm on.
Who needs roller shutters when they have Bob on guard !

BaileyBobSouthernDog said...

What a lovely street in a peaceful looking town. The sun shining on a bell surrounded by ornate wrought iron, clock, fountain and flowers. The deserted old home conjures up at least a weeks worth of fanticies! Where would we be without our memories and dreams?

Unknown said...

How good that Loic's mother is receiving such fine care. I hope his trip has been all happy.
Yesterday's photos were especially pleasing.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Perhaps the rollerblind is a prototype of the ones used for security these days.