Chris and Rors went shooting, Caiti was in bed for the long haul and Benj was nursing his sprained ankle. So I had Easter morning to myself. I went for a bike ride.
The young cows in the field opposite our gateway were interested when I appeared. Did I mean feeding time? They came over for a closer look.
I turned right and went to investigate the new sign Caiti had spotted further down the road, passing a huge bunch of Solomon’s Seal flowers on the way. This plant is lily-of-the-valley’s big brother.
I soon came to the new sign. It declares: 9 juillet le tour de france passe par ici. It’s very hard to read though! There are some jolly and patriotic blue, white and red stripes too. We still can’t quite believe how close the Tour is coming this year!
Tucked behind the roadsigns and is a wooden cross, inscribed with ‘La Croix de Bléron’. I shall have to look into this.
Just a little further down the road is a stone cross and St Clair’s miraculous fountain.
The next cross I came to was on the other side of the village. This time it’s an iron one.
The next photo is quite close to home. Chambon is a derilict farmstead down the road from us. There are connections between it and Les Fragnes, our farm, that I’m in the process of investigating.
The cows opposite the gate had decided it was going to rain when I got back. They were all lying down. I nipped down our drive, put my bike away, downloaded my photos and tucked into one of the Chef in Wellies’ wonderful hot cross buns. All in all, a very pleasant morning.
Daily snippets for 25 April
Today’s saint: St Mark, who introduced Christianity to Africa
Famous French person born on this day: in 1270, King Louis IX of France
Famous French person died this day: staying on a royal theme, in 1566, Diane of Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II
Today’s French word: vélo – bicycle
Today’s French expression: Ça remonte à la nuit des temps That’s as old as the hills. (Perhaps my crosses are.)
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