poetry and prose about place

bringing nature into the town

with 4 comments


rows of trees

rows of trees and flowers along la Place de la Mairie in Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud (image from Street View)


Day 12 1 map


Day 12 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Maps)


On my virtual bike trip on April 3, the images made me think about how we bring nature into our cities and towns (or allow it to stay!).  Sometimes, the only bit of nature is a stray weed, growing in a crack in the pavement…


Day 12 u

streetscape in Grande Rue, Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud – actually, there is lots of greenery in other parts of the town (image from Street View)


Sometimes, property owners try to leave trees, only to have them toppled – perhaps a wind storm blew through Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud …


Day 12 l

toppled tree (image from Street View)


Sometimes people bring the country into the town – all part of eating local …


Day 12 r

this is the first time I have seen chickens in a yard in a town on my virtual bike tour (image from Street View)


Of course, I have seen a lot of vegetable gardens in France, planted in every available corner …


vegetable garden

vegetable garden in Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud (image from Street View)


Best View: a small yard overflowing with greenery in Saint-Hilaire-la Palud…


'green garden'


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

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  1. The “Green Garden” is lovely. It looks like you had a beautiful day for this leg of your virtual journey. 🙂



    May 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  2. It’s amazing how concrete Europe can be. That’s the one difference I really absorbed when I first moved to Australia – the streets are lined with trees and it makes such a difference. Then again, the buildings in Europe tend to be so pretty – so why hide them? 🙂


    Gemma Hawdon

    April 30, 2013 at 6:12 am

    • Hi. I agree that the narrow streets and ‘to-the-edge’ buildings are quite charming. Jane


      jane tims

      April 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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