Friday, 2 November 2012

In our own back yard ...

Well, not quite!
After we’d unpacked we needed to ‘blow the cobwebs away’ so decided to go for a walk. Although the sun was shining there was a fairly stiff icy wind so the cobwebs were well and truly blown away!
Right at the beginning of the walk (within 200 metres of Le Pré Vert) we came across some troglodyte dwellings we didn’t even know were there! In our defence we think some trees and hedging have been cut back and cleared meaning that the previously hidden buildings were revealed. Conscious that the workings belong to someone we were careful about where we trespassed but did manage to take a few photographs.










This leads underneath the path you can see in the first photograph.


When we get an opportunity we’ll ask our neighbour, Madame Simone, for more information about the dwellings. Madame serves at the Boulangerie (in her late 70’s) and is endlessly patient with our developing French. She is always able to find a word that we can understand.
If we want to know something we generally start there...

12 comments:

  1. What a find! And what super photos!

    I wonder if Madame Simone would be up for SKYPE French lessons for two hopeless cases in Braye?!

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    1. Just think what you've missed! No gluten free bread though...

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  2. Is that the grassy laneway up the hill if you come out of your street and turn left? If so, I have photos of these troglos and ruins before the vegetation removal.

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    1. Hi Susan,
      You're right! Have you posted them? If not perhaps you could as we'd be interested in seeing them.
      We can't even remember when we last walked that way.

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    2. My photos aren't very good (the sun was in the wrong direction) so I've never posted them. I've sent you a small sample so you can see the before. It's a lovely atmospheric laneway.

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    3. Thanks, Susan.

      The ruins were more visible than we'd previously thought.

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  3. Always fun to find something new right on the doorstep...and interesting to see what your fount of wisdom has to say about it all.

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    1. You'll have to wait until Easter! :o(

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  4. What a great find right on your doorstep so to speak even if Susan was one step ahead of you. We really have to come back and spend some time in your area, there is so much to see. Great photos. Have a good weekend Diane

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    1. Hi Diane,
      We'd be delighted if you were able to visit us here in LP-P next Spring.
      Have a good weekend. Keep dry!

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  5. What a fascinating discovery... we'll have to go and take a look!
    I love the olde horse-drawn plough... watching these in action is always fun... especially when they are connected by chains to a tractor rather than a horse... then you see a really good bit of teamwork going on... sometimes three or more people are needed to control everything.

    We are currently flooded at this end of the Aigronne... the bief is up two foot from the norm... our neighbours fields are awash, one containing winter wheat, and we have a flooded meadow.
    The meter is reading almost an inch of rain for the last twenty-four hours and it is still bucketing down. The plastic guage is over half full... can't read the divisions... I am looking at it with the telescope from indoors... but that's around three inches since last Saturday!
    All three cats have looked at the rain and decided that the settee is much nicer...

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  6. Hi Tim and Pauline,

    We made a very early morning trip to the dechetterie at Le G-P and were surprised by extent the flooded fields. Perhaps it's the right time to be returning home :o(

    Keep dry!

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