Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Round and About Biennac

I passed through this little village one day just before returning to the UK for winter.  I stopped to take a few photos, as I thought it was quite a pretty place and I felt sure that with its old church, I would be able to find lots of history; it seems I was wrong and I could find nothing of interest on the internet at all!!  Sorry, but I hope you will enjoy the photos nevertheless.



This sign reads the Church of Biénat which I also found confusing in the village of Biennac!  I am not sure that I can even do any research in the village if I should go there again, as it is deep in the countryside, where little English is spoken. I may find it very difficult with my hopeless French!

Note the large stone sticking out from the wall of the church here; my guess is that is the old drainage from a sink which may have been behind the wall.  We have one similar on the outside wall at our house with a very old stone sink on the inside. Ours has been restored and is now simply a feature.

I loved this little alcove built into the wall of a house just at the back of the church.  The post gets delivered to the blue box, while the pink box was installed especially for the baguette delivery!

Do you think the villagers cook their meals in what looks like a communal pot and have parties here?
I just loved these old stone barns

40 comments:

  1. Happy new Year to you & yours, Diane! That is such a nice old church. I'm sure you enjoyed every single place you've visited. Thank you for sharing. Hope you're having a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  2. I love touring these old French villages with you. You are surrounded by such rich history in France. It must be a thrill just to wander. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  3. All the stonework and architecture is amazing, even without the history. I really like the rounded design for hanging the cook pot.

    Hope you're staying warm.

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  4. Thanks Kirsty, there are some beautiful buildings around. Having a busy day, I am trying to make room in the house so we can move about!!! So many things to get rid of or move to France :) This house is soooooo small. Take care Diane

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  5. Mary I have never been a person who really appreciated history until we bought in France. It just seems to ooze out of everywhere over there. It has also made me realise how much history there is in and around the UK as well! Take care. Diane

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  6. Gaelyn, I also took a fancy to that design and the cooking pot. It should be easy enough to copy. You just may see one appear in our garden in France in time :) Diane

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  7. I want a baguette delivery box, please! What a charming idea. The town looks wonderful even if there is no history on it. How great to get a cooking cauldron... you cook make wood-smoked soups and stews which would be spectacular! Happy New Year, Diane!

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  8. lostpastremembered if only we had a bread delivery I would also want one of those delivery boxes as well!! Hoping that 2011 will be a healthy and wealthy one for you. Diane

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  9. Lovely old stone houses. It must be a beautiful place. The new header is awesome, Diane!

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  10. Thanks for your comments JM. The header looks as if the road leads off the edge of the world, I only realised that after I got home and downloaded it!! Diane

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  11. Thanks for the tour Diane - as usual I loved the old stone buildings.

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  12. Graham I know about that stone mason lurking in your background :) When I return, I will be looking at stone in a different light and with you in mind. Diane

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  13. Another charming village, and I love that little alcove! Baguette delivery is a fantastic idea...wish that would catch on here. ;) Hope the new year is off to a wonderful start for you!

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  14. You take fantastic pictures, Diane! With or without history, that village is worth taking a look at.

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  15. We still use that kind of pot in the Philippines Diane.

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  16. Faith I go along with that a delivery of baguettes would be fantastic. All the best for 2011. Diane

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  17. chubskulit interesting that they are used in the Philippines, S.Africa also uses them where the are called a potjiekos. Diane

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  18. The baguette delivery!
    Right now, Diane, you enriched my experience of life.
    The baguette delivery!

    Thank you for the beautiful photos.

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  19. Thanks for taking us on a tour with you! It is a very humble village. That baguette box is just amazing! I never realized that existed. How I wish I was able to just pop out and explore a gorgeous French village :(
    One day, I hope!

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  20. Very very pretty. Except for the style of church, could be in Greece!
    Thanks for your kind words about Edward, my little cat!
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  21. Olga I was also very taken by the baguette box. How I wish we had a bread delivery just so I cou;d have a box. LOL. Diane

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  22. Brittany I am sure with your enthusiasm you will be in France soon :) There are so many lovely bloggers in France you will not be short of places to stay. Diane

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  23. Ann I have never been to Greece so that is quite an interesting comment. Take care and give Edward a kiss from me. Diane

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  24. Lovely church any way!
    I think your new banner is stunning! Those trees covered in snow are beautiful!
    I hope you are not too cold!
    The weather should be warming up tomorrow, here!
    But what happened in Oz is horrifying! I am glad my son lives in the Blue Mountains!
    Keep well
    XXXX !!!

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  25. Noushka we are told that we could get more snow soon!! At the moment we are clear but there is an icy cold wind blowing outside!
    Nigel's sister lives near Sydney so they are also OK. When we visited the Blue Mountains we lived in a cloud for the 3 days we were there!! The day we left it lifted and we had to rush around and try to see everything before we went back to Sydney.
    Keep warm Diane xx

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  26. This makes me wish I was going to France again for my hols this year, but auesterity measures in my household dictates it will be Devon or Dorset. xxxx

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  27. Diane it depends on how many in your household. You can find really cheap Ryan Air flights to France, probably much cheaper than driving around the UK! Nigel flew over in October for £10 including taxes. It is a case of just keeping on eye on the flights and zapping them when you see them. Of course if you want to do lots of driving then you will not gain much with hiring a car as well. Diane xx

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  28. I saw your comment on someone's post. I enjoyed looking at your photos. We have gardening and photography in common. Thought I'd invite you to look at my garden photos. They can be viewed here http://mysisterdalesgarden.com/photo-gallery/?albumid=18
    I love sharing this garden, it's special to me because it is a memorial garden. Let me know if you would like to be a garden friend.

    Miriam

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  29. Hello Diane! What great pictures you took of this lovely place, too bad there's no history to follow, but there sure is a lot of charm, I really loved the stone buildings. Thanks for showing us the unknown France!

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  30. mysisterdalesgarden thank you so much for your visit and comments. I love your garden it is beautiful, long may Dale's memory live on. Diane

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  31. Pamela, there are so many beautiful stone buildings in France, some are quite stunning. It is such a pleasure to walk amongst them and take photos. Diane

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  32. You have such nice photos of your trips near your French home. I hope the pictures and the memories bring it a little closer for you. A few more months and you will be packing up again.
    A bread box will never have the same connotation again. So charming.

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  33. Mya you are so right, that photo has certainly put a new light on a bread box :) I am counting the days until I return at the end of March, what I am really looking forward to as well is my wood burner. I have just had enought of this cold weather!! Diane

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  34. We forget about the fact that so much of Europe was deforested to a great degree hundreds of years ago, and so of course there are stone barns! It's a very picturesque town, even if you know little about it!

    And Thor thanks you for helping our animal shelter.

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  35. Just checking if you have new updates... hugs..

    Rose

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  36. Marjie it is quite sad to see all the new houses that have appeared all over the place in the last 5 years. They are just made from blocks and look very similar. I can inderstend restoration is not cheap but to see old houses tumbling down and the uninteresting ones appearing somehow (to me) does not look French! The blocks just do not have the look!!!
    It is always a pleasure to help Thor :) Diane

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  37. chubskulit, sorry I have been running around a bit!!!!! I have just been trying to keep up with reading other blogs. I will get there soon!!!!! Diane

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  38. I love these tours you take us on, Diane! This looks like a great little town and I love the idea of the box for the baguette delivery. How cool to have baguettes delivered to the door! Great photos and I could see that pot filled with geraniums in the summer time! ;)

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  39. Pam so pleased you enjoy the tours. Yes the baguette box is great. I am sure that they will be cooking in that pot come the summer months with a few bottles of wine around! Diane

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