I posted this picture of our village church door/arch some time ago, and other than a rather poor watercolour I did of it, it's the only record I have.
You cannot imagine my HORROR when I passed by the church yesterday (I was returning a lost dog) and saw that it had been changed.
I have no idea how old the door was, but let's say 'very'. I'm certain that it wasn't contemporary with the beautiful arch that surrounds it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is only the second to fill the position.
It was made of simple planks of Chestnut, with handmade nails and hand-forged furniture.
It was a beautiful door, without being pretentious.
For some unknown reason the door has now been replaced with this brand new PAINTED modern version. Gone are all the hand made nails and gnarled woodwork; in comes neat crisp stainless steel screws, and machine-sawn wood.
OK, it doesn't look too bad, but I do worry about the white paint which looks as if it could be an undercoat for something more sinister.
I don't wish to sound like a lone 'arbiter of taste', but to me this is pointless wilful destruction of French National Heritage.
I wonder when they'll replace those nasty old stones with nice concrete blocks?
Maybe it's that I don't like change.