poetry and prose about place

don’t open your door too quickly!

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willow and river

houses along the river (image from Street View)


Logbook 4-5-2


map 4-5-2

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Maps)


On March 25, I biked again along the Sèvre Niortaise.  The houses are so close to the road!  Opening a door or shutters too quickly would be a bad idea!…



look closely to see the metal birds on the walls of the house, used as decorations (image from Street View)


Damvix is a charming town with an old church and narrow streets…



narrow street in Damvix (image from Street View)


Outside Damvix, I encountered another quick change of seasons.  As I approached a corner it was January and the fields were plowed, ready for planting…


winter field

winter field (image from Street View)


By the time I had gone another two meters, It was fall!  The corn had been planted and it was ripening in the field…  (Street View had photographed the blooming in April, 2010 and then recommenced in winter, January 2011) …


fall field

fall field with corn (image from Street View)


Near the end of my trip, I saw this stone tower on the side of the road…


stone tower

stone tower along road (image from Street View)


Best View: a house in Damvix with a painted yellow sidewalk and lime green trim…


'street in Damvix'


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

April 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

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  1. Wow! The seasons change quickly there. 🙂



    April 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    • Hi Robin. I think it happens here too, we just don’t catch the signs. Here, the spring is coming very quickly. My crocuses are past and coltsfoot is along every road. Tulips are next! Then the onslaught! Jane


      jane tims

      April 26, 2013 at 7:43 am

  2. Hi Jane
    You must have been peddling veeeery slowly for the seasons to change in two metres ….lol
    The stone tower would be interesting to go into and visit. Nice drawing of the street in town.



    April 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  3. I think that I could get claustrophobia on those narrow streets. I’d be glad when I got to the open roads.



    April 22, 2013 at 12:58 am

    • Hi. We have such large front yards in the US and Canada, the minimum space in the French front yard seems, as you say, claustrophobic. The lot size in the towns is very small. Jane


      jane tims

      April 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  4. It’s interesting to see the changing seasons. One would hope these folks with door steps onto the street might have a back door that is a safer exit from the house. The drawing is lovely. You’re making good progress on your trip.


    Carol Steel

    April 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks! I am making progress. I am going down to do my next thirty minutes once I finish here. I am also walking outside again and, arthritis aside, I am stronger than last year. Are you going to WordSpring? Jane


      jane tims

      April 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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