An ex Sweet Chestnut, I suspect.
We set ourselves up in the little hamlet of Le Temple which is just north of Cellefruin and waited for the arrival of the cars. In fact we waited quite a long time and there was absolutely no one about, then an English couple turned up and explained that maybe the participants had stopped for mid morning coffee in Champagne Mouton.
Anyway eventually some Gendarmes came through and a few fancy cars that were not actually in the rallye and the first car through was this very nice little French Triump Vitesse.
Here are some of the early arrivals, I have photos of most of the cars, I am somewhat biased so not everything got snapped.
Now we have some slide shows and if you see your car and would like a high definition copy of the photo then a nice request will no doubt be successful. The first photo is of a gate I was standing next to and over it is draped a dead and dried out grass snake!
Here are some more , they are more or less in chronological order, although the computer reorganised some of them for me. I have also mainly shown photos of cars that were displaying the Rallye de Charente plate, ie official participants.
This is the next batch
And these were the back markers.
I do not have a favourite, I do like Austin Healeys and Triumps are nice also the classic French cars look great but I have selected this photo as my featured ‘image’ because the driver looks so happy.
Also it was nice that so many drivers waved, piped their horn, flashed their lights and even slowed down so I could get good shots…. thankyou.
The site where I am getting most of these old post cards from is Cartes Postales Anciennes de CIVRAY (86) do have a look I do not think they are for sale, it is just someone making them available for folk to look at. There are other sites with a more limited range where they are for sale. This site also has some cards from nearby places like Charroux and Lizant .
Many of the cards have the place printed on them and they often they have a name of what one assumes was the photographer. One of the names that is often found on the cards is Eug. Texereau. Here is a close up of what you find on his cards… a bit fuzzy as it has been enlarged considerably. You can also see it says Lib. and Pap.
On one of the many postcards I noticed a shop and the name above the door says Eug Texereau, and it is a bookshop and newsagents, no doubt also selling postcards.
So it may have been that Eugene was the photographer or maybe he employed someone else and then put the name of his shop on the cards. Here is the photo with his shop towards the left. This is not one of his cards though. It was produced by Nouvelles Galeries and the name of the photographer is on the card P.de Beaulieu and the site says it was taken on 20th Sept 1920.
You can fairly easily make out Libraire and Papetere and if you squint then below you can see his name. The building is still there today, below is a photo I took recently (June 2017) in this the Boulangerie looks to be a more modern construction.
Eugene’s shop is the one with three white windows and two little windows above. Here is a closer view.
And finally this is a photo I took back in about 1990 when the shop sold pens of the Waterman brand. Excellent make but nothing to do with me unfortunately. The photo below is a bit rough as it is a photo of the original which was then taken on a film camera.
There are still Texereau’s living in Civray, there is even a Rue Guy Texereau. Guy was a steeplechase runner in the 1960’s he represented France in 3 Olympic games 1960,1964 and 1968 . On Wikipedia it says that he was born in Melle but that his parents had a shop in Civray , probably Eugene Texereau would have been his Grandfather. In this photo I believe Guy is the one in the middle.
Evidently Eugene was Mayor of Civray 1925 to 1929 There is a list of Civray mayors.
This building which is by the traffic lights on the main road through Civray from the N10 towards Limoges is a former bank.
This side view has a remarkable similarity to the College which it is directly opposite, I wonder if they were built at the same time and designed by the same architect, the college was built in 1805. However the dorma windows and roof are not quite the same and this building has a large clock tower at the right hand end. Here is a better photo of the clock tower part.
This is entitled ‘Caisse d’Epargne’ and dated 29th March 1910 and is attributed to Eug. Texereau.
Incidentally the clock stopped at 25 minutes to 7 or 6.35 but whether that was am or pm and what year who knows?
The Caisse d’Epargne is a mutual savings bank with branches all over France it also has a cycling team. See what Wikipedia has to say about it. There is still a bank of this name in the centre of Civray, more conveniently placed but not so imposing.
There is a web site with old post cards of Civray, I have mentioned it before. Some of the pictures are of easily recognisable places like the church and the bridges but some are a bit harder to place.
I thought it would be an interesting challenge to try and locate the subjects of these post cards and then to take the same photo today. This afternoon before it rained I roamed around the streets of Civray camera in one hand and a couple of bits of paper in the other on which I had made rough sketches of the postcard photos ( No printer here in France you see) I found some of the locations, here is one called L’Allée des Capucins . It is opposite the traffic lights, by the College. (for those of you who live in the area).
If you would like to see more old postcards then the web site is called Cartes Postales Anciennes de CIVRAY (86)m
With some of the postcards the site gives you the date the photo was taken but not all and normally it gives the location. I will in due course prepare more ‘past and present’ photos.
Yesterday was grey, but today is mellow. It is a colour, like yellow but more rounded and with greys and browns mingled in. It is sort of autumnal but I think you could get mellow in other seasons.I had a short walk around the environs of our house but it took some time as I was messing about taking photos.
You need good light for mellow, not necessarily the magic light you get when there are black clouds, but the sun is still shining in one part of the sky. However it is that sort of light, but not so dramatic.
The old outbuildings are always good for a photo, I especially like the blend of old wood and mellow stone.
Autumn berries provide nice mellow shots, especially these spindle berries, less harsh than the bright orange rose hips, these are a more mellow pink colour.
The Oak trees are at their autumn best now and with some grey skies looked quite beautiful.
This is the dead seed head of a type of wild carrot, which is quite common along the road sides, has white flowers in summer but is grey brown now.
And finally one last shot of some more old buildings.I have about 50 more similar shots but thought 8 would be sufficient… probably too many. Also they are best viewed full size, they look nicer.
You do get days in rural France when it is grey. Not just normal grey but all pervading, blanketing, noiseless, still, depressing grey.
One of the things I really like about this part of France is the stillness. When some years ago I was working and stress was part of my life I valued a break in France particularly for the peace and absolute quiet.
However on a grey day that peace acts to accentuate the grey. There is no wind there is a light rain, the sky is uniform and grey.
The camera does lie, it makes it look less grey than it actually is.
France does grey better than anywhere else I know.
This year we have been blessed by the presence of some hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus in our garden in France.
I have seen them on odd occasions several times in the past, but not that often. This year we have had a group of young ones, we have seen up to 3 at one time but as they only showed themselves at night time we are not sure how many were present. I suspect it was more than three, as we could here lots of rustling from other parts of the hedge at the same time as being able to see the one two or three that had emerged from the hedge. Continue reading
This week another 6 people have clicked to say they like this blog, Poitoucharentesinphotos and over 550 people are following the blog. Now I know this is far short of the millions who follow Justin Beiber or Kattie Perry, though why I cannot image.
This site has loads of interesting and diverse stuff and lots of photos like this one.
The total number of ‘like’ clicks is now just over 400, so sometime this year it will probably top 500.