Monday walk…in a French forest (again)

Posted: October 14, 2019 in Monday walk
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Many of you know I was in France for three weeks visiting my s-i-l and b-i-l. During that time, it rained almost every single day. 😦 That was not so much fun for all the walks with the dogs that we took each day, but the area was (and still is) in desperate need of rain, being about three months behind on moisture. Consequently, we (mostly) welcomed the rain.

The forest floor is covered with leaves, from any number of prior seasons. They aren’t crackling because of the rain, but they can be treacherous, so be careful when we get to the steep parts.

This is my favorite find of the day. If the water level were normal, there would be water running down that trough, which would help the little men inside do their work.

What sort of work? They’re in the forest, so they must be wood workers, right? And that’s what they are. (Dan, you’ll appreciate this.) Today they aren’t working, but you can see that they often do. Unfortunately, they were idle the entire time I was there due to the lack of water. The French translates as “mill workshop.” Above that is the name of the nearby town.

Look at this holly. I didn’t realize that holly could get so large, but there are holly trees here. In fact, there’s holly everywhere. It must be amazing in winter with all the bright red berries and I know birds love them. Humans and other animals beware though.

Phew! After a long walk, refreshment is always appropriate and appreciated. We discovered a wonderful coffee shop that also has a great selection of tea, so let’s grab a pastry from the highly touted bakery across the street and sit down for a cuppa. Today I’m eschewing tea for a café crème. Here they serve the crème on the side so you can add as much as you like. There’s a sugar cube (not used by me) and a lovely little square of dark chocolate, which somehow disappeared before the photo got taken. 🙂 Actually I put it in my purse to take along as I had a delicious almond croissant that was once in that crumpled bag. What would you like?

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. beth says:

    I love the little house

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    I made you hungry with rosy apples, and you’re making me yearn to be off to France. And that holly is indeed luxuriant. You might be surprised to know (I was) that in the past, round much of Britain (and probably in France I should think) from medieval times on, huge holly hedges along field boundaries were used to provide winter fodder (leaves not berries) for farm livestock.They don’t mind the prickles and the leaves apparently have high calorific value, and encourage cows to make more milk, and of course are growing fresh when the summer hay supplies have gone.

  3. Su Leslie says:

    Perfect way to end a walk Janet 😀

  4. J’adore la petite maison! What a great find.

    Je voudrais un pain du chocolat et du thè s’il tu plait. 😃

  5. Dan Antion says:

    I love the little woodworking shop 🙂

    I read this earlier, while waiting for my doctor, but I guess my comment didn’t get posted from my phone. I’d love to have a water-powered shop in the woods. I could hang out, work when the water was flowing and rest when it wasn’t. Hopefully the water would be cold enough to chill a few beers.

    Can I order a croissant (and maybe chocolate) to go?


    • I’ll have the croissant and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate or did you want a chocolate croissant, a pain au chocolat?) read to go.

      I knew you’d love the woodworking shop. For your personal water-powered shop, no reason you can’t make the water cold enough to chill beer. 🙂

      As for your earlier comment, I’ll check the spam folder in case it ended up there for some unknown WP reason.

    • Nope, your comment is still out there in the ether somewhere, but thanks for taking time to post this one.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Love the little ‘tree house’, Janet 🙂 🙂 What a great find!

  7. Lignum Draco says:

    A lovely walk. A shame for your tourism activities about the rain, but as you say it is needed and the smell in the air would have have been refreshing. I hope you had a great time and I’m suddenly craving an almond croissant. 🙂

  8. When we were in Seattle recently, they referred to their constant rain as ‘liquid sunshine.’ 🙂

  9. joey says:

    Love the woodworkers, so cute!
    I’d likely give my chocolate to my companion, but oh, sign me up for the cafe creme, yours is just the right color for me.

  10. de Wets Wild says:

    Thanks for the walk and talk, Janet!

  11. marianallen says:

    Mmmm, I’ll have cafe creme and a chocolate biscotti, thanks! Then I’ll put on my waterproof boots and stroll in those woods with you. Hiking, no. Biking, no. Boating, no. But strolling in my boots in the woods, definitely yes! 🙂

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  13. Eunice says:

    I love the little house, it’s just the sort of thing which would fascinate me if the little men inside were working 🙂

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