Life in the Center of France
Life in the Center of France
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!
 
Sunday, May 10, 2015
  Wandered Off Looking For DOLMENS
Pretty day to look for dolmens.  They are here abouts.  Yes they are.  Many infact.  Here's a site that links their position to Google Earth which is a very big help some of the time. 

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/topics.php?countries=1&kmldown=1  

Dolmen are Neolithic sites and many are burial sites.  Many later day Christian churches were sited on the spots where dolmen existed.  The idea being that people drawn to such sites would find them gone and a substitute provided by the fine Christians would do instead.  Must have worked, there are many examples to be found. 

The ones we sought out were southeast of us about 35 miles away.  Up into the hills of the Massif Central we journeyed (is that a word?)  through tiny villages and past grand maisons and castles amid the bushy forests.  Kilometer after kilometer and alas none were found.  Significant rocks but no dolmen.  Here's what we were looking for in particular:

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=6334142

Easier to find them on the internet than out there in the real world. 

Then a leisurely ride home to prep for dinner.  I made Shitake/Prosciutto risotto and we had a wedge salad with Kelly's wonderful blue cheese dressing.

 
 
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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