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poetry and prose about place

a sudden change of seasons

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trees along the river

a pleasant bike trip along the river (image by Street View)

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Logbook 4-3

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day 4-3 map

map showing distance travelled (map by Google Earth)

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On March 18, I spent my time biking along the river (the Sèvre Niortaise).  I loved the reflections on the water and the boats docked along the shore …

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reflections and boats

boats along the river (image by Street View)

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Along the road, I was delighted to see a house draped in blooming Wisteria…

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house with blooming Wisteria4-3 c7

in the distance, a house with blooming Wisteria (image by Street View)

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But by the time I got there, the seasons had changed, the blooms were gone and I was so disappointed not to see the flowers.  I should have peddled faster!!!   (Street View had photographed the blooming in April, 2010 and then recommenced in winter, January 2011) …

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Jan 2011

Wisteria, no longer in bloom (image by Street View)

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vines

winter vines (image by Street View)

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I also saw a fisherman along the river.  He was fishing in January!

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fisherman

fisherman and his truck (image by Street View)

We had a short conversation:

Fisherman: Bonjour Madame! (Hello madame!)

Jane:  Bonjour.  Est-ce que vous avez attraper des poissons? (Hi.  Have you caught any fish?)

Fisherman:  Bien sûr!  Il y a un grand poisson dans mon camion … voyez-vous que les ressorts  à boudin de mon camion sont en bas?   (Of course!  There’s a huge fish in my truck.  Can’t you see how low the truck springs are?!)

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Best View: an abandoned house along the river…

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'abandoned house'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

April 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

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  1. A delightful pictorial journey, especially the boats along the river. Beautiful!

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    Marylin Warner

    April 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    • Hi Marylin. Welcome to my Blog! I am glad you like my virtual trip … I have certainly learned a lot about central France along my way. Hope you visit again! Jane

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      jane tims

      April 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

  2. It’s a good thing the seasons don’t change that rapidly! Or was it, as you declined to mention,, that you took just a wee tad too many breaks!

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    JD

    April 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

    • Hi Denis. Too many breaks at Chocolatier shops! Actually, perhaps the real seasons do change rapidly. I am looking out my window at snow, again! Jane

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      jane tims

      April 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

      • Yuk …. no snow here! Just cool mixed with the occasional cold drop of rain. But nice for an early morning walk! I was thinking it felt like fall this morning.

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        JD

        April 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

  3. Most of the old canals have a path on each side , some paved or gravelled. People bikes and cars use them. What were they used for?

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    Sspavold

    April 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

    • Hi. I know from our visit to Upper Canada Village that some of the paths must have been used for horses to haul barges. I was amazed how smooth the horses hauled the boat at Upper Canada Village. Thanks for commenting. I always love to hear from you. Jane

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      jane tims

      April 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm


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