Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wells

You will notice that I have been playing with the html a little, so that I now have drop-down menus for both 'archives' and 'labels'.  The old menus were taking up too much room, so I though  this was a far better idea, and the re-arrangement left more space for anything else I might want to add into the side column.  I hope this meets with approval :-)

There are a number of very old wells around France.  Some I am sure are still in use, but there are many that look as if they have not been touched for years.  I have a strange fascination for them and have taken many photographs.  Here are a few  from  the past year.
Not far from Vitrac St Vincent

This beautifully preserved well is in the village "square" of Vitrac St Vincent outside the Mairie (above and below).



I took this picture through  a house gateway in Chasseneuil. I am not sure what the pillar is in front of the well, but interesting nonetheless !

This one, in the middle of a field, looked rather lost!  I took this while out cycling and did not make a note of where it was!

Yet another garden example, taken while out cycling; again, location not recorded! 

Another one looking a bit sad, in the middle of a field. Yes, I remembered to make a note  of the location; in the small village of Le Mas.

Finally, this one in the small village of Le Pardelieri  has an owner who obviously cared enough about it to put a pot of flowers on the side..  This little village had several wells around the place, but they will keep for a later post.

51 comments:

  1. Diane, how interesting. I have not been observant enough regarding wells. That will change now. By the way, we will be in Provence May 25-June 15. (smiles)

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  2. These are all marvelous old wells. So different in design than we'd find in the States.

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  3. Hi Diane, I think you can change up your blog anyway you like as long it is does what you want ;-) I often make the small changes like you've done depending on what I want at any given time.

    I too like old wells and I appreciate the variety in your photos. I had no idea they were so diverse. I bet there are even more "types" over there in France.

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  4. What a beautiful collection of old wells Diane. Love them all.

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  5. Hi Susan, that is great. Not that close to us but if you are doing any travelling......

    I think with me it was while cycling around that I suddenly realised how many different wells there were. My fascination grew from there. Diane

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  6. Gaelyn, now I am intrigued, I want to see what your wells look like!! Diane

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  7. Joyful I have dozens of pictures of wells, but I will try to post them far apart or everyone will get bored! Diane

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  8. Leon, a hole in the ground always has some interest LOL. Diane

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  9. Joan, thanks, I think it is a matter of taste, I also love them all now, but it was an interest that grew on me. Diane

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  10. Lovely old wells! I especially like the last one at Le Pardeliere
    with the pretty pot plants on the side.
    ~Dianne~

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  11. Dianne, yes at least that last one look like someone cares! Diane

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  12. What lovely wells! There's a well at my grandparents' house that my sister and I used to love when we were kids...there's just something that feels so natural about drinking water straight from the earth! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Faith I wish we had a well in our garden. There is a spring at the back of us, and two of our neighbours have wells, but I water my garden from the mains water which of course I have to pay for!! Diane

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  14. What attractive wells! We have a well but it certainly doesn't look like any of these. I am impressed you have been playing with html. I am hopeless with all that stuff.
    Have you roasted those chestnuts yet? Thanks for the comment on my October garden post.

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  15. I love all the pictures of the old wells. My ungle had one at his farm while growing up - we all thought it was cool.

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  16. Lindy, funny you should ask, I roasted the chestnuts this afternoon. You must be a mind reader:-)

    Wish we had a well! html in these circumstances is easy enough if you just follow instructions which is all I did.

    Thanks for the comment. Diane

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  17. Pam I am not sure what my fascination is, but I have dozens of photos of wells!! Diane

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  18. We were noticing a lot of old weels around us on our walks in Derbyshire this week - they are fascinating. I had a good read back at your blog earlier - some of the places are amazing. The deserted village from the was was very haunting. I had no idea such a place existed. xxxx

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  19. I love to get a collection of photos like that. I really like these, so interesting. I like old wooden or different color doors too...and windows!

    I tried to mess with my html to add drop down menus to mine and I just could fingure it out. I could use your help. I had a link to use and tried to do what it said and it just didn't work I don't know why!

    Anyway...beautiful pics!

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  20. Diane I am glad I am not the only person fascinated by wells! There are many people who have not heard of Oradour-sur-Glane. It is worth doing a search and reading all about it, it is a sad story but worth reading. Diane

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  21. Lyndsey, I also have a collection of door photos to put on the blog while I am in the UK - watch this space:-) I have answered the html question direct. Diane

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  22. Those wells are pretty. I love reminders of life in times gone by, if for no reason other than to make me grateful for the comforts we have today!

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  23. Marjie you are so right. Can you just imagine having to draw a bucket of water each day to do your bathing, washing etc!! Diane

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  24. Lovely photos from from your cycles around. Confess that I can't ride a bicycle - never had one during childhood, find the balancing all too difficult. Now a tricycle would be a diffrent matter ..... only I haven't ridden one of those since I was about 8!

    If you dug down at my place for a well you'd just find lots of rock.

    Have a wonderful weekend, sneding care and huggles, Michelle and that purry lad, xxx and purr-zzzzzzzzzzz (he has purred himself to sleep)

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  25. Michelle we have a local guy here in the UK who goes everywhere on his tricycle, does his shopping and all with a basket attached. It would suit you well :-)

    Hope you both have a good weekend. Diane

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  26. What a great collection, Diane! Very cool post.

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  27. Funny how I never think about wells much... they are all hidden these days in the US. You have certainly found lovely examples. I love what you said about playing with time... I have a little box of extra blogs for busy times and they are all over the place when I insert them!

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  28. lostpastremembered, I have never given wells a second look until I noticed how many there were around France when out cycling.

    I suspect the next few months posts are going to be all over the place, most of the later pictures are dated so they will give the game away! Diane

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  29. They're just the sort of thing that I'd be fascinated by! Re your comment, to comment on Blipfoto I think you have to be registered. I can't invite people because I'm not prepared to pay to be a full member!

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  30. Beautiful pictures! What a collection!

    Happy Friday!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  31. A great idea, those wells!
    Lovely photographs too!
    If you know how to ply with your html, why not enlarge your blog a bit?
    Also, since you ask, would it be possible to enlarge your text? It seems smaller and gets more difficult to read!! Sorry.... Old age!! LOL!!!!
    Hope your are happy back in England, here it is getting colder!
    Have a great Sunday!
    Cheers, Diane!

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  32. Hi Jan, no problem, if I want to comment I will put it on the main post. Diane

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  33. Thanks Mary. Hope you have a good weekend. Diane

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  34. Noushka, no comment about my feelings about being back in the UK :-(

    I have played with the width and no matter what I do I end up with a margin down the centre which I do not want. I gave up.

    I have enlarged the print. Personally I preferred the small print, but if people are having a problem to read it then I am happy to enlarge it. Hope this makes easier reading for you. Have a good weekend. Diane x

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  35. Diane, thanks for sharing all those wonderful pics! I am always amazed by this kind of ancient stuffs. Some of the people here are still using wells to collect water when they failed to get water from ready paip lines. They're now using electrical motor to run the thing! ha!
    Wishing you & your family a Happy Halloween!
    Cheers, Kristy

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  36. Kristy, even in France there are people still using their wells. I wish we had one as it is expensive watering the garden without:-( Thee is a spring at the back of us which the neighbours use but it is on their property!!
    Having been brought up in Africa, Halloween was never celebrated there, so this is all quite new to me. I am quite surprised that you celebrate in Malaysia. Happy Halloween to you and your family. Diane

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  37. Those are very neat forms of wells. We used to use wells too back in the Phils but it is a manual one where you have to pull the rope literally unlike those in your photos where you can crank it up. Thanks for always visiting Diane. Have lovely weekend!

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  38. chubskulit, thanks for visiting. Pulling up by ropes is quite a tough way of pulling the water up! Think I would prefer to wind it:-) You also have a good weekend. Diane

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  39. Excellent pictures, congratulations!!!

    Frank, Barcelona

    http://balapertotarreu.blogspot.com

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  40. Frank, thanks for the visit and the comment.Diane

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  41. The pictures are lovely. What pretty wells. I don't actually think I've never seen a real-life well, but its nice to know that they still exist :)

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  42. I love looking at pictures like this, it's like each one tells a story. Thanks!!

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  43. Indie. Tea there are so many wells in France. I saw one attractive on in the middle of a town, and from then I just started looking out for them in all sorts of odd places. I was amazed how many there are around. All part of history:-) Diane

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  44. Debbie I would love to know all the stories behind all these wells, it would be very interesting. Sadly the chances of finding out is pretty remote. Diane

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  45. Beautiful shots.
    A past slowly fading away:I find important some tries to care about,even with just a picture.

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  46. Thanks Andrea. I can never compete with the beautiful photos that you take, but my small digital does a reasonable job. Yes it is nice to remember the past from time to time, if only to compare our lives now to what they were like then. Diane

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  47. Reminds of the well, when I was little :), those were the days!

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  48. Lani I am so glad we do not have to go out and draw water every day! So much easier to turn on a tap :-) DCiane

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