Friday, July 29, 2016

Five Windows on the World




We live in a rather nondescript house, not very old, not terribly charming on the outside. (I love the inside.) As I sorted through my photos from our trip, I wondered if I had taken enough of windows to do a post for Five on Friday. Uh, yeah. Definitely. These are just a few, from France. There are many more, and perhaps I'll do another post on English or Welsh windows.

These windows illustrate individuality to me. Shutters can be painted in one's favorite shade, and plants act as frames. Monet's dining room window, above, is lush with colour and texture.



Another window in Giverny shows simplicity and charm with the gingham curtains that match the colour of the shutters. Blue and white is my all time first choice colour combination. 



In contrast, this stark photo of the abbey at Jumi├Ęges shows abandonment and devastation, and yet the pure lines of the window and wall speak eloquently of the architect's aesthetic.


Bright red shutters that match the roses growing nearby made for a striking look in Arromanches. 



The Abbey of Saint-Wandrille is a working monastery. In the photo on the right, can you see the figure of a small fox? The man who patiently carved the intricate stone for the pillar beside the window left his mark centuries ago. "I was here." "I created this." It's a statement of individuality.

In the top left photo, a ram serves as signature of the stoneworker who is helping to replace some of the windows in the cloister. She, for stone work is not restricted to men anymore, chose this symbol from the story of Abraham and Isaac on the mountain; the ram caught in the thickets.

We all display our individuality in unique ways. It might be via words or gardens, music or cooking, kindness or sports - these are our windows to the world. 

Linking to Amy's Five on Friday post. This will be the last until September. 

31 comments:

materfamilias said...

Such variety in windows, and your camera captures the variations on a them beautifully. Thanks.

podso said...

Great post with good commentary. I'm always gazing upon windows and grabbing my camera. Your blue and white one especially oozes charm. Have a great weekend--you will probably enjoy being at home!

Pondside said...

Windows and doors - they make such lovely collections, especially when they are from far away where life is a little different. I enjoyed the variety!

camp and cottage living said...

I love seeing how others adorn their windows.
These are all so lovely to me.
I'm looking forward to seeing more photos of your trip, Lorrie.

mamasmercantile said...

What an amazing post, it was wonderful to see the beautiful windows.

Rosie said...

Beautiful! I love the shuttered windows and the stark, empty one at the abbey too:)

Shaheen said...

When I see windows like this, I wish to be on holiday. Lovely

Crimson Kettle said...

What beautiful windows, so colourful.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'll be looking forward to more windows, and doors if you have them! The blue window is my favourite and I think shutters add cottage charm.

Snap said...

Lovely post. I like looking at windows and doors. You are right about the personality showing. Have a great week.

Marilyn Miller said...

I have a weakness for beautiful architectural structures, which includes windows. I love all your window photos. So very wonderful!!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's hard to believe that those are all real...they are each one so perfect! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

happywonderer.com said...

Lovely windows and thoughts. Enjoy the warm weekend!

Mary said...

I immediately recognized Monet's window - didn't you just love that beautiful house and garden?

Happy weekend - Mary

Maggie said...

Like Mary I too recognised the window from Monet's home and when I saw the red shutters my first thought was "that's a Normandy window"!
Lovely post, Lorrie, bon weekend.

Lisa from @intotheglade said...

I love shutters they do give a house such character. The ones from Monet's house are particularly pretty. I love blue and white too, such a clean combination. Have a lovely weekend xx

Jules said...

What charming photographs. The shutters are great. I adore the different colours. X

Christina said...

I miss having shutters. Apart from being practical, they also give individuality to a home. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

Gattina said...

I like the first and second windows, they look so romantic !

Rettabug said...

What a beautiful post, Lorrie...like the colorful doors of Ireland, these windows speak to me, too. I wish my current home would lend itself to shutters. The HOA would probably have a fit, though, especially since I'm busy fighting with them to have a tree removed that is blocking my view of the pond & fountains. Grrrrr!
I found your post to be very calming...I needed that.

Lilly's Mom said...

You've captured a time gone by with these lovely photos. It makes one feel transported to a different era. Very lovely. Enjoy your day. Pat

Happy@Home said...

Yes please to the idea of more window posts.
How pretty and unique each of these is. My personal favorite is the second one. To my eye that is just perfect.

AnnieOBTextiles said...

Such beautiful windows! I love Monet's house with the pink of the wall and pink rose in contrast to the shutters.

Mac n' Janet said...

What wonderful windows, thanks for sharing them. We have shutters, but they look so dull in comparison.

Alison said...

Super post, Lorrie, I agree with you about the blue and white combination. Enjoy your Sunday xx

riitta k said...

Your windows are absolutely fabulous Lorrie! This post would suit so well to Our Beautiful World as the topic is Window today. I'll put a link here:
http://our--beautiful--world--365.blogspot.fi/2016/07/obw-158-window.html

Have a good start to August!

Summer said...

Such beautiful windows ♥

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Margie said...

Just finished catching up on your travelogue. It was fun touring France, England, and Wales vicariously through you. Thank you for the armchair travel, Lori!

Coastal Ripples said...

Such gorgeous Windows. They attract me too. I must catch up with your adventures away :)

Amy at love made my home said...

A wonderful collection of windows and a great way to remember and share some of your travels too! I look forward to the English and Welsh windows in the future. Thank you too for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great August and I look forward to seeing you again in September! xx

Helena Ashworth said...

What lovely windows to the world these are. Thanks for sharing with Five On Friday