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#78814 Paunat in the Périgord

Posted by Bart on 25 May 2022 - 11:28 AM

Picking up where I left off some time ago with our vacation in the Périgord, France. 

Starting with a look around in the village Paunat.




























#78785 Derilict Buildings In The Woods

Posted by Bart on 22 May 2022 - 05:14 AM

wow! looks like they have been abandoned for many decades.

Good choice to process in b&w.

#78526 1848 • The Old Mill

Posted by Bart on 05 May 2022 - 12:34 PM

Really marvelous b&w series!

Great work

#78489 quiet countryside

Posted by Bart on 01 May 2022 - 06:06 AM

countryside around Sint-Lievens-Esse, Flanders

(others might follow)



#78464 The Barrel Organ Player

Posted by Bart on 27 April 2022 - 11:57 AM

I like the look of the past.

Extra merits for going for b&w with a colourful subject - at least I imagine the instrument and the man are colourful.


This is however one of those instruments I much rather see than hear  :huh:

#78411 What do your post / mail boxes look like?

Posted by Bart on 21 April 2022 - 09:59 AM

At this point it would be quite a job, but I'll bet that thing is gorgeous when stripped down to bare metal. I guess government agencies are the same world over. Only do enough to get by.





Here they would farm it out to the lowest bid contractor, :unsure:.    They could maybe sand blast them on site and repaint them, but that would probably be expensive and grumpy old people like me might whack someone with our Shillelagh for the inconvenience, (we can be an angry lot when poked or inconvenienced). 


I rate Belgium and England a tie for the most attractive post box's.  The U.S. and Sweden...they're functional.


You know, the phrase "it's complicated" seems to been invented to describe our government system.

We are about 11 million on a surface that's hardly noticeable even on a EU scale but our politicians have found it necessary over the past 40 years or so to saddle us up with more governments than you can count on one hand.

6 to be correct. I've added a link to an official webpage because I never quite remember how many there are  :huh: (guess I'm still in denial  :rolleyes: ) There's a reason our politicians are sometimes called "the masters of the compromises" by politicians from other countries.

Beneath those 6 governments, there are still the provinces and the cities.

Just to say, I wouldn't know which one is responsible for the maintenance of that mailbox I showed - at this moment in time.


Could also be the postal offices but, last time I heard about it, they are a privately owned company - with the federal government as the majority stockholder, I bet.

Such a company or a governmental department are completely budget driven. Which almost always means that the assigned budget has to be spent by December 31st. No matter what  :wacko:

Spending a budget for a governmental department is indeed not simple. Of course not. Heaven forbid! There are numerous rules about the procedures to be followed but the lowest bid is no longer the deciding factor.

See, they do learn. Sometimes it takes a long time with two steps forward and one step back or vice versa but at least they got the part about the lowest bid figured out.


During the last years, in the epidemic, there were even some - very small - voices suggesting we had too many governments to act efficiently in times of crisis.

Think committees of ministers of health  :huh: 

For 11 million Belgians!


By the way, our normal mailboxes look really simple and functional, not unlike the ones Peter showed.

#78377 Vic and friend Enu

Posted by Bart on 20 April 2022 - 10:46 AM

an unlikely pair  :)

but then, animals don't tend to make things as complicated as humans sometimes do.


Lovely b&w winter mood as well!

#78376 What do your post / mail boxes look like?

Posted by Bart on 20 April 2022 - 10:43 AM

Now that's a really nice box Bart.


Thanks, Pete!


I can't help but wonder just how many coats of paint that box has on it.




Lots and lots by the look of it  :)


I guess they don't believe in stripping the paint off before applying a new layer  :rolleyes:

#78358 What do your post / mail boxes look like?

Posted by Bart on 19 April 2022 - 07:59 AM

hardly 'contemporary' but most likely kept around for a reminder on how it used to be.

In Ghent



#78343 Allington Millennium Park

Posted by Bart on 17 April 2022 - 05:06 AM

fine b&w series, Pete!

#78308 Gulls driven from the lake.

Posted by Bart on 11 April 2022 - 11:32 AM

the b&w is indeed of a different level.

I guess colour might win on a sunny autumn day.

#78138 A Quiet Summer Retreat

Posted by Bart on 26 March 2022 - 07:00 AM


Where do I sign up  :)


Marvellous b&w!

#77971 Pedestrian Passage at Night

Posted by Bart on 13 March 2022 - 06:55 AM

Fine composition and great mood.

For me the fact that the passage is deserted makes the mood.

Always interesting to see how different an image can be experienced  :)

#77928 The Night is Over… Time to go Home

Posted by Bart on 09 March 2022 - 12:53 PM

This one reminds me of an old (1968) French song by Jacques Dutronc: "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille"

It's 5 am, Paris is waking up

Probably not known in the English speaking parts of the world 


this scene would fit right in

#77909 WW1 Cemetery

Posted by Bart on 08 March 2022 - 12:59 PM

a most poignant set! Definitely appropriate in b&w.


Too bad the lessons of history seldom seem to stick.