Long Lorries and Missing Mince Pies

Driving into Boussac yesterday to post the first of the Christmas parcels (be impressed – be very impressed: this is me being organised!), I was delayed by a rotor blade. It was being delivered to eolienne (wind turbine) 6 or 7. The incredibly long lorry was manoeuvring to back down a side road. I don’t know how the driver managed it as the vehicle was immense. I’m not very good at estimating, but my research hasn’t helped much. Apparently wind turbine rotors can vary from 15 to 60 metres in length. I would put ours at around 25 metres maybe. It looked as long as a swimming pool to me.

More of these will be arriving thick and fast since there are signs up in Boussac restricting parking every day this week because of convois exceptionelles going through i.e. eolienne bits.

Here’s a rather good diagram that I’ve taken from here (the Alliant Energy website( to show the various parts of a wind turbine.

And seeing the rotor blade arrive reminded me that I hadn’t put up the latest set of photos I’d taken at our friendly local  eolienne, good old numéro 3. We noticed that a few more interesting bits and pieces had arrived, so Chris, Rors and I cycled out there to have a closer look. I’ve mentioned the mysterious pile of straw bales at each eolienne site before. Now I realised what their purpose is. They’re handy for leaning the bikes up against.

Here’s the nose cone which the rotors will be slotting into to. Now, our Rors is about 125 cm tall so that gives you an idea of scale.

There are a lot of meaty screws to hold things in.

The base has been landscaped even more.

What this is is anyone’s guess!

Now, I said in my last post that I’d try to include something Christmassy in my blog every day. Eoliennes don’t really cut it, so on to the great mince pie mystery. That’s definitely seasonal. I rattled off some mince pies yesterday. I made my usual ad hoc version of suetless mincemeat using ordinary raisins and golden ones, red wine, brown sugar, lots of nutmeg and ginger and a grated apple. I had some sablé pastry in the fridge so I used that rather than make my own this time. Anyway, I made 11 rather tasty pies. This morning there were only 4 left. I had one for supper, so between them Rors and Chris had 6. The strange thing is that they both swear blind they only had two at most.

Hmmm …


0 Replies to “Long Lorries and Missing Mince Pies”

  1. I can assure you that I’m not in any way connected with the mysterious disappearance of your mince pies, but I would have eaten one or two if I had been in the neighborhood. I’ve become somewhat addicted to them ever since my children attended a British school in Switzerland. They’re so much better than the American variety. That reminds me that I’ve been intending to go to the new M&S on the Champs Elysees to see if they have any.

    And the turbines – I was impressed by the size of the ones that we saw when we stayed at a B&B in Normandy, although they made quite a racket.

    1. I hope M&S has some mince pies for you!
      Friends of ours are very close to one of the new turbines and they’re a little anxious concerning how noisy they might be. I’ve read that it’s like a boot in a tumble dryer although other reports say the new ones are much quieter. We’re far away not to see or hear any of the 9 that are about to spring up around us.

  2. It’s good to hear that M&S is coming back to France. We had a branch in Toulouse but that closed shortly after our arrival (no connection). They do good mince pies and Xmas puds – I’m too lazy/incompetent to make my own.

    As to the mystery, well, it can’t have been the camelids (Is that the right term?).

    1. I’ve yet to make our puds. And the cake hasn’t turned out too brilliantly so I will probably transform that into a birthday cake for Chris for the 10th and have another go. I’m quite sure you’re neither incompetent nor lazy, Vanessa! Christmas cakes are actually very easy – just shove everything in together and stir! It’s the though that can be offputting. Same with mince pies. They’re a bit fiddly I suppose but once you’ve done a few batches, it’s a breeze!

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