Another Walk About my Village…

“My wish is to stay like that, to live quietly in a corner of nature.” – Claude Monet

“Just living is not enough… You have to have the sun, freedom, and a little flower.”   – Hans Christian Anderson

“Nature is the source of all true knowledge. It has its own logic, its own laws. It has no effect without cause, and no invention without necessity.”     – Leonardo da Vinci

20190424_075201 Grass disappears without electric or gas power. The mother and her two children are led to available grazing spots as needed. Their permanent home is located north-east of the village center in a pasture behind the chateau.

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20190522_091817How a neighbor’s garden grows and grows.  Father and mother on one side of the tiny intersection, son and his family where you see this garden. Together, they maintain this and a small orchard/vineyard across the road. As things ripen, the excess is sold to those who are in search of excellent produce after 5pm in the evenings.

20190522_091914-1The fledgling orchard they have created may appear small but more than adequate for their needs.  The olive trees in the center and a border of vines. In addition to what you see in these to photos, they have several vineyards on the north-east end of the village. If you walk down the road between the orchard and Michel’s house, you will find our village waterfall approximately 200 meters up the path.

20190522_092326  These lovely, proud roses greet those who would enter the post office from that direction. The perfume they emit is intoxicating. There is no way I can just walk by. I  must stop, inhale and say thank you. Behind the post office is a small area with a bench perfect for escaping that hot Mediterranean sun as the trees are filling out. In the evenings, you can frequently find petanque teams who are determined to bring their game back up to where it was the previous season. In late summer, every village will host tournaments and offer prizes for the winners. Despite the smallness of the area, it is adequate for a game and there is much more space for gaming a short walk down the path.

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This photo has been shared in a larger size than the others so that you can see the structure of this plant. The geometric centers and the petals are fingerlike in shape. The bees that hover and lite upon them to feed are huge, noisy and have a reddish, purple glistening back and wings. To the right of center, the photo is one such bee if you can spot it. Between the bees and the wind, I just could not get closer and keep them in focus. If anyone is familiar with the plant, I would appreciate knowing more about it. Directly behind the plant are the tennis courts followed by the swimming pools. Off to the right of the plant is the soccer stadium and beyond that, there is a campground which has some cabins for rent and also room for tents.

Thank you to all for indulging me in my little walkabout. Some may even see a few of the reasons I love it so. When you visit France, please remember that France is more than Paris and while there are similarities among villages, each has its own charms.

While you are out and about enjoying nature, please remember all she has given us, her survival and ours, is in our own hands.

Bisous,

Léa

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38 thoughts on “Another Walk About my Village…

  1. A lovely post, Léa. When I first moved to France, I lived in a village about half an hour away from the centre of Paris… so had the best of both worlds. Later, I lived in Vichy but spent much of my time in villages, particularly the tiny hamlet where my mother-in -law lived. It was no more than a medieval farm and a couple of cottages in the middle of the vineyards of the Beaujolais… a place where milk, eggs and ‘la faisselle’ just turned up on the doorstep from a neighbour and fruit was picked from the trees.

    1. Ah yes. I don’t keep a garden but really don’t need to as my village is my garden and the produce floods in from my neighbors, not to mention a bottle of wine… Thank you Sue.

  2. Lea, I had just been reading an article about the healing properties of gardens and nature
    before opening yesterday ur post. Your quotes are beautiful and worthy of saving among treasures.
    Your whole blog is beautiful and uplifting.

    All this whilst having breakfast in my own scented garden with songbirds and buzzing bees.
    Miriam

    1. Miriam, how kind of you to stop and share your thoughts. I must admit, quotes are an addiction of mine, but I’m sure you won’t tell anyone. 😉 That is the way to have breakfast. There is a park-like area between the back of my house and the ancient chateau behind me and the trees are filled with chirping and song. Actually, they are my alarm clock. Léa

      1. Lea, I will keep the secret😊 But hope you will share more quotes.
        Your place sounds beautiful and birds are early but their song beats alarm clocks.

        miriam

      2. I’ve traveled a bit and lived from southern California to NYC and places inbetween. I’ve been to South-East Asia and a number of countries in Europe but nothing compares to a French village and for me, this little village on the Mediterranean is a perfect fit. You are correct, birds beat alarm clocks any day. 🙂 Thanks for keeping my secret. 😉

  3. How tranquil. Love it. I had a neighbor who grew a garden for he and his family, but when they picked what they wanted he would share with his neighbors and they could pick their own. My father had his own vineyard and made his own wine from one such as that. It was wonderful.

    1. One could almost live of just the leavings and other things that are not on private land. Figs, Almonds, Blackberries, Hazelnuts, Olives and after the harvest, what is left on the vines. There is more but those were the first ones I thought of… perhaps because I know the first harvest of figs for the year can’t be too far off. 🙂

  4. Lea, I absolutely love your walkabouts! They are full of charm and also resonate with you love for France. Yes, France is not all Paris. And America is not all New York. Far from it! Like you, I live in a small countryside town, not far from the bigger suburbs and cities. This suits me just fine. Your photos are just wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your village. 🙂

    1. Jennie, thank you. Yes, I lived in NYC for six years but long ago. I was born half an hour from Los Angeles and my last 16 years in the states were just outside San Francisco. Now is the time for tranquility and I adore it. Best of all, the people. 🙂

      1. Thank you and I agree with all my heart. We must do all we can to preserve and protect it. I have many ideas once I can secure the information in French. One of the things I want to do is involve the youth group, MJC. If they put on an event and served plant based foods and educate their families and friends, it could go a long way around here as they gain a lot of support in whatever they do. I also want to get the information to our village schools and have them integrate plant based meals in the cantina and teach about climate change. Once the children learn how good it can be, they will ask for it at home. Here, the children are listed to and respected. I am bursting with ideas but still without the information I need. I shall not surrender and everyone must get on the GRETA support team. 🙂

      2. You are so right! Keep up the good work. I saw the movie Tomorrow. That is true inspiration for starting projects that is good for our planet. We need to take active part in the transition 🙂

      3. I’ve been fascinated watching clips on youtube about The Green Wall in China, reforesting The Gobi Desert and also in Africa. If they can do that, it reminds me that I have much to do for this planet and our dear Mother Nature. 🙂

      4. Oh Anna, I hope you do. I thought of you while watching them. I sent the links to a friend back in California. Her parents immigrated from China and she adopted a baby girl from there eighteen years ago. Sarah just graduated from high school and with honors now off to university. I thought they would enjoy seeing the changes made to the Gobi.

      5. Oh what a walk I had yesterday! More village photos coming soon for those who can stand it. Monday was a day at the beach but no doubt I shall have to go back, for a few more photos of course… 🙂

      6. I just watched this video and wanted to make sure you had a chance to see it. I’ve somehow lost your email address so sending it here. https://youtu.be/OC_Y1ZTZXQ4
        Perhaps you can find a way to blog it and share this information if you deem it worthy. I grew up on the edge of the Mojave Desert in California and as I grew I saw all the Orange groves be pulled up by developers. Supposedly in the name of progress… Thanks Anna. 🙂

    1. Alan, thank you. I’ve been here nearly twelve years and love it more each day.The blog is nearing eight years. I love getting lost in France and the remarkable finds I make. It is my hope to continue to visit some of the traditional places but I do have a penchant for the road less traveled. 🙂

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