poetry and prose about place

marigolds, roses and stone

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red gate

red gate north of Grande Bernegoue (image from Street View)


Logbook 4-5-3


map 4-5-3

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


On March 27, I biked through the countryside…


rural area

rural area east of Grande Bernegoue (image from Street View)


I stopped briefly in a small village called Grande Bernegoue…


Grande Bernegoue

Grande Bernegoue (image from Street View)


I passed an interesting building in Grande Bernegoue, with many of the features of old buildings in this part of France.  It’s made of stone, with a clay tile roof.  The walls have projections to support an addition that has been removed.  Empty niches may once have held beams.  Iron ‘X’s are embedded in the walls, part of a system to fortify stonework.  In this case, an old entryway has been filled in with stone.


old stone building

old stone building (image from Street View)


I stopped ‘for the night’ at a stable beside the road.  There seemed to be no one about…



stable (image from Street View)


but a closer look showed me I was not alone…


horse in back of stable

beside the stable, to the right, is a big black draft horse (image enlarged from Street View)


Best View: roses and marigolds in bloom in Grande Bernegoue…


'roses in Grande Bernegoue'


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

April 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

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  1. Lovely drawing, Jane, and a beautiful ride. 🙂



    April 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  2. Your observations about the features on the stone building in Grande Bernegoue are fascinating. I never would have imagined one could tell so much about its history from the things you noticed on the facade.


    Barbara Rodgers

    April 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

    • Hi Barbara. When I took a course in Viking History a few years ago, I had the good fortune to have a professor who was a British archaeologist. She showed us endless photos of buildings and explained the features to look for to assess architectural style. I am glad I remember her class so well! Jane


      jane tims

      April 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  3. I like the way you “stopped for the night’! Did you get off your exercise bike?! Thanks for the continuing tour, Jane.


    Jane Fritz

    April 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    • Hi Jane. Reality and fiction are difficult to separate in my virtual biking. It’s funny, but most days, I have a look over the place I stop as if it is a potential campsite. I am still amazed that this method of encouraging exercise has worked so well for me. Jane


      jane tims

      April 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

  4. Hi Jane – I find it interesting that the countryside doesn’t look as littered as you would think. Paris was a big dirty pig pen when I visited 30 odd years ago, but from your virtual travels through the countryside and small towns the environment looks clean. At least it looks cleaner then some of the back roads around here where people through their garbage out without care.The stone buildings are also interesting. Something you don’t see around here too often.



    April 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    • Hi. I have also noticed the lack of litter in the ditches. Most properties are also quite well cared-for. Occasionally I’ll see an untidy property but there is usually evidence of construction which would suggest it is a work-in-progress. Jane


      jane tims

      April 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

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