Friday, 6 May 2011

Saint Gervais

I drive through this little village quite often, en route to  Limoges Airport, but have never stopped here before.  It lies in Limousin, just across the Charente border. This time I thought I would take a few photos and see if I could find any history about it.  The latter just did not happen, I have searched all over for recorded history, and if there is any, it seems to be well hidden!! I thought though that I would still post the photos as part of my round and about France.
You can see the cross in the background; it is next to the small church.
 Google Earth shows the  modest size of the village.
Above and below, pictures of the dear little church, but sadly the doors were closed so I could not see inside.
The cross, not far from the entrance to the church.
This very large home is on the opposite side of the road from the church, I was intrigued by its size in such a small village. I am just naturally curious!!
I loved this little pub; I took this photo during the lunch hour, but was surprised that there was no activity here!
This small memorial is obviously  much in the minds of the local people,
with  fresh flowers at the base.
I presume that this is also a memorial as well (donated by Monsieur et Madame Chabanne?) but I am not sure what it is meant to commemorate. It looks like a millstone,  so perhaps Monsieur Chabanne  had something to do with the local mill?  I am curious yet again!!
Most of St Gervais was well looked after and the lawns all beautifully cut, even around this barn with the derelict look

Hope you enjoyed this small tour; I will keep looking for more information! 

62 comments:

  1. Diane, I have a curiosity much the same as yours. I am always wondering back into the past. Yes, we will not be close to you this trip, but someday I hope we can meet. Enjoy your day. Your weather looks beautiful.

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  2. An adorable little village. Good luck with the history search.

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  3. I have enjoyed this tour very much. I love the character of a small village. As always, thanks for sharing it with us.

    Velva

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  4. The place looks so quiet but beautiful. Surely this is the place where we will never be able to visit. Thanks so much for showing it to us. Hope you're having a great weekned.
    Happy Mother's Day to you!
    Blessings, Kristy

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  5. I loved this stroll through a french village....in my dreams! Lovely pictures Dianne. I bet that pub is busy now though!

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  6. I would also be extremally interested why somebody built such a huge building in such a small and cosy village??? I hope you will discover this soon

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  7. It seems like a beautiful small village. Beautiful photos :)

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  8. Susan the weather is beautiful if you are here on holiday but we desperately need rain. It has become serious now and the crops are all under irrigation. This is fine for the immediate moment, but restrictions are going to be in quite soon if this weather continues and then what happens? Yep, I hope we meet up one day. Diane

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  9. Gaelyn it is a cute little village, I will keep looking!! Diane

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  10. Thanks Velva for your comments. The little villages here always have some interesting history, I just have to find it!! Diane

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  11. My Little Space, you are right, this is not the sort of place tourists would normally see. I am not in fact a mother but I know you are so happy Mother's day to you. Take care Diane

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  12. Leisl, maybe your dreams will come true one day and I can take you on a stroll of these small places :-) Those pubs are usually so busy at lunch times so I am not sure why it was quiet when I was there..... Diane

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  13. Ola there has to be some history there..... If I find anything out I will let you know. Diane

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  14. Thanks Starlight, I love these little villages but I am sad I could not find out anything (yet) about this one. Diane

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  15. You do have a nice village there. Small but the one I was born in is also small. About 150 families.

    A "Grackle" is a big blackbird and a species found in the United States.

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  16. What a cute little village... I wish the church was open because I am sure it was beautiful inside.

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  17. Charming and interesting. It would keep me on the road all the time knowing these beauties are there to explore. Lucky you!

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  18. Very much liked Diane !!!
    Small, picturesque village of neat!!!
    Does the stone is from old olive mill?
    Thank you very much for the nice tour!!!
    Bonjour!

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  19. The smaller the more 'pittoresque', as we can tell from your lovely shots, Diane. The new header is gorgeous.

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  20. This little village is just full of character and charm...so lovely!

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  21. Great village!
    What I like best, though, is your new banner!!
    Are they hydrangeas?!
    Keep well!
    Cheers!

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  22. Abe thanks for giving me the answer to the Grackle a name I have never come across before.
    I would guess this village has no more than 25 houses so it really is very small. Diane

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  23. Pam I was also sorry the church was closed but........ Diane

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  24. rosaria there are so many little place to explore, I just wish I had more time!! Diane

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  25. Magda I have to do some more investigations to find out where the stone if from. I have not found anything on the internet so it will be some time before I have any answers :-( Diane

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  26. Thanks JM as you say some of these small places are very picturesque. I also quite like this header :-) Dciane

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  27. Thanks Faith for your comments. The village was so beautifully kept it was worth the visit. Diane

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  28. Noushka the flowers in the banner are Viburnam, 'snowball bush'. Have a good weekend. Diane xx

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  29. What a charming village, just the sort of place I like to visit too. Good luck with finding out more about the memorials & history of the village Diane. Should I come across any mentions in my histororical research I shall inform you. I love that cross, it is so ornate. Beautiful.

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  30. Dolly thanks so much, if you find anything I would be delighted. There are a number of St Gervais around which complicates research!! Diane

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  31. What a quaint little hamlet tucked away in the rolling countryside. Beautiful photos especially the barn. Bravissima Diane!!!

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  32. michelangelo I also liked that barn, the creeper all over it gave it lots of character. Diane

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  33. I love being introduced to places I do not know through your posts. I also love history so this is another bonus! I also really liked the photo of the barn. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. x

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  34. Hi Froggy, good to have you back. The barn certainly had a different look about it :-) You have a good weekend as well. Diane

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  35. What a cute little town! Hope you can dig up some more information on it!

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  36. On a l'impression que c'est un village hors du temps.
    Très belles photos.
    A très bientôt.

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  37. I did, indeed, enjoy the tour. I love your walks through the villages you visit and the history you share with us. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  38. I always feel little jealous about all the nice places around you. France is beautiful. Sometimes me and my wife would talk about moving to another country and talk about villages of France and Spain. She does not feel home anymore in India and neither she wants to go back to the US. Just showed her the pictures and she has not stopped wowing:)

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  39. What an utterly charming village. The barn, the large chateau, the memorial, the church...it all looks picture-perfect.
    The fact that you could not find any information about the village only makes it more intriguing and a bit mysterious, to my mind anyway.

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  40. Sailor my heart is probably still in Africa, but with the political situation I don't really think I would want to go back and live there. The UK does nothing for me at all any-more even though there are some beautiful places there. France just feels like home, despite the fact that my French is terrible. We have made some fantastic French friends and they are all very patient with my language problems. Learning a new language once you have passed 60 is not easy. For me, I have no flair for languages and my memory is rubbish. Never the less I am soooooo happy here. Luckily Nigel learnt French at school and he is good at languages so I have a back up LOL. Diane

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  41. Indie.Tea perhaps you are right I should just leave the village with these small mysteries and not do too much searching for history :-) Diane

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  42. Hi Diane , thanks for the little tour . it is so odd that there is no history to be found .,, I love your comment about the UK not doing much for you LOL ,,, I am so happy that you feel at home in France .. :-) take care Anne xox

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  43. Peggy thanks for the visit and the comment. Have a good day. Diane

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  44. Nadji, merci pour votre aimable commentaire. Bonne journée. Diane

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  45. Thanks Mary, sorry this post was short on history though:-( Diane

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  46. Anne, it is true I just do not feel at home in the UK but I do when I am here :-)
    There must be some history about this place somewhere but it does not appear to be anywhere obvious!!
    Hope all OK over there looking forward to you visiting some time. I will be back in Oxon for a week at the end of the month, FIL's 90th birthday. Diane

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  47. My favorite thing of all the decoration is the cross. Thanks for the greetings Diane.

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  48. chubskulit the cross is quite beautiful I agree. Have a good week. Diane

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  49. What a lovely village, so pretty and what an amazing home across from the church! Enjoyed the tour enormously, thank you!
    Mary

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  50. Mary glad you enjoyed the tour. Have a good day. Diane

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  51. I really enjoy traveling through various French and other places with you :) Your posts give me dream of seeing these places in real life. You help me discover more of France whenever you make a new post.

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  52. Merci Diane de nous promener dans ces beaux villages.
    Votre nouvelle bannière est superbe!

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  53. It looks like it's about the same size as my little town! What a pretty place!

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  54. Hi Diane,

    Every post speaks volumes about your delight with your life in France.

    From the pics of plants in your garden to your delight in a small village, long may this contentment continue!

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  55. Olga maybe your dream will come true one day and you will get to see these villages for yourself :-) Diane

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  56. Marjie I did not realise that your little town was quite so small. I guess that you are the ones with the big house there :-) Diane

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  57. GaynorB I am glad my posts speak my thoughts as well. I do love France and I am so happy here. I have the most wonderful neighbours, all French, but I feel as if I am part of the commumity despite my terrible French!! Diane

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  58. Love it! It's nice traveling through France through your eyes... Love the pics.. Hugs

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  59. What a lovely little village. That big house is amazing! Did it maybe belong to the doctor of the village?
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  60. Leesa I guess you see some bits of France that you do not normally see, but it would be nice to see some of the small villages together some time. Diane

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  61. Ann I may never know the stories behind this village but I if I can find something out I will let you know :-) Diane

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