Life in the Center of France
Life in the Center of France
Friday, July 10, 2015
  The Auvergne is Magnificent!
We decided several weeks ago to take a short vacation from out hot climate (high of >90 to 103 degrees!) and head off to cool aur-conditioned hotel rooms and other sights and sounds. Where to go though? South! To the home of one of our favorite cheeses, Blue Du Auvergne. Here's the extensive Wiki article: Blue D'Averngne Wiki

Go not just to find the homes of this marvelous blue cheese (better than Roquefort in my estimation) but also to explore the Puys (Volcanic domes) and ancient medieval villages of the Auvergne region. Here's a map for you:

Departments of France
As you can see the Auvergne is very close to us residing in Lignieres, Center, France, just below the departmental border. The area of interest to us was about 30 miles below Clermont-Ferrand amidst the Puys. We visited several medieval villages and walked their streets taking pictures and gawking at their lovely old stone buildings built of the lava and stone of the area. We went first to a Saint-Saturnin, a beautiful old lava-built village with streets so narrow you must fold your mirrors to drive through them!  Cute little shops and many opportunities to take photos.  We spent about an hour wandering about and I took a few pictures to remember it by.





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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
  I Need Gas to Bake Bread...
"Bonjuor" I say looking at Mr. Proxi-man, he gazes back.  "Que?" he says.  "Je suis Gaz", He replies "Propane?" "Oui" say I.  He strides to the sidewalk to look at my lonesome tank standing beside the rack of others. "No" he says, "Demain"..."sorry", says the fish monger, "No fish today".  Well shit, I wanted to bake bread today and was all up for it. Bah humbug on that idea.  "When" I ask (He does understand some English after all is said and done) "Demain (Tomorrow) e matin (the morning)".  "D'accord (ok)" I say walking away,  he places the empty tank in the rack, I'm done baking before I start.

Home to sip coffee with Kelly and sort out todays activities.  Expecting shipments today of comp stuff (a printer) and some ink cartridges, Kelly's CO2 cartridges too which are lost somewhere in Bourges at the moment.  She makes her own soda water you see. I need to put together my bread-boarded PC that needs a case.  The case is here, I still need a memory card reader but I'll add that once it arrives in a day or two.  In the meantime I'll get all the rest in the case and fire it up.  With these two cats and their climbing habits having it laying out on a desk is taking a real chance or six...thus the case.

Yes I gave 20 bucks to the poor, distraught very anorexic Rachel person I saw on FB.  My god, the pictures alone...awful, just awful.   I was anorexic when I was 10 and 11 yrs old, couldn't/wouldn't hold down anything.  A very serious mental illness it is and difficult to get under control.  A shrink saved me from the worst of it though and I finally was well and back to being an active, relatively happy boy again.  The cause for me was a sense of abandonment after my parents got a divorce and I was summarily deposited with my grandmother and step grandfather.  The story is long, sad and I won't repeat it for you now but that was the trigger for me.  Rachel is very ill and may not survive but those around her know that and are trying to help in whatever way they can.  The closest ones are sick too with the fright that she might die before she wins her battle.  Give if you can.

Monday was Donkey day and I have photos for you.  It was a nice, if cool day, we had a great time and so did the Donkeys and the 15,000 spectators...that's almost ten times our village's population! 







The, of course, it's POPPY season!  I've ignored the few clutches since I first saw them 2 weeks ago in a trip into Bourges to go shopping.  Now however, they are everywhere and spectacular!  Here's a sample:






 
 

Well off to Sue and Dave's tomorrow to water the garden, no rain or drizzle hereabouts since Monday so time to water the beautiful garden they have made.  Last year when we took over the little activity it rained nearly every day so we hardly had anything to do but steal a few vegies for our efforts!  This year seems different, dry and cool now.  Later!
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Lignieres, France; village life and times as witnessed by two adventurous Californians with a taste for food, wine, castles, ancient Roman sites and old piles of rock (houses).

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