Saturday, 24 March 2012

Another Interesting Walk - St Adjutory

At the end of February, we took another interesting walk with our French leisure club, starting from a farm very near to the village of St Adjutory.  Here we are on this lovely sunny winter day, walking up a quiet country lane, with the buildings of St Adjutory to be seen through the trees in the background.  It was during the school holidays, so we had the company of one young, and very polite, lad, the grandson of one of the walkers.
We had only walked a very short distance, when we saw this plaque on the wall of a barn.  A memorial to " Bir Hacheim" the French WW2 resistance group, who used the barn as one of their secret meeting places. If you have not seen my post about the old priory and the WW2 French resistance, take a look HERE
Walking on a little further we encountered a roadside cross, used in olden times, we were told, by passing religious processions as a place to worship. Once a regular feature of life in this area, but it seems the processions are no more!
Next we saw the sign to a privately owned château, which is now run as a bed and breakfast. Built around 1600, it came into the ownership of a family called Maret in 1714, and their ownership managed to survive the French Revolution in 1789!!

Quite beautiful, and I imagine a gorgeous and tranquil place to stay over.
I loved their old post box.
Walking down the side of the château building, we passed a horse paddock, and both an indoor and outdoor ménage.  How I would have enjoyed these facilities when I was a horse owner!


A view of the château from the back.
On the other side of the château, we found a working farm.

where this poor abandoned van took my eye!
Suddenly, amongst the peace and quiet, we heard a loud noise, and there, almost overhead, we saw a flock of migratory geese. What a tremendous sight it was; sadly my camera is not up to taking photos of this kind, but it does give you an idea of the large numbers of birds.
A few hundred yards up the road, we came across a second château, Château Chabrun, unfortunately not accessible to the public, so we could only view from a distance (sigh). Also built in the 1600's, it was extensively restored in the 1800's, including the addition of the round tower you can see below.

I think I could easily move in as Lady of the Château, so long as I had plenty of staff to do all the work LOL.
These signs are to be found everywhere in rural France. They notify the general public of private land, where the French go hunting. Wild boar, in particular, do a lot of damage to property and crops in this area and hunting is a very popular country pursuit. The hunters are occasionally not too particular where they shoot and any sights of men wearing camouflaged clothing make me nervous!! When out cycling during the hunting season, I wear very bright colours; I do not want to be mistaken for a deer or a wild boar!!

Walking back to the starting point now, we pass the largest compost heap I have ever seen; I wonder if I can arrange a few loads of this on my garden?!
Finally, we passed this small dam.  The water looked very calm, but I am sure there must be plenty of fish in there somewhere, hidden in the depths. 

86 comments:

  1. First thing that came to my mind is that Europe is covered with crosses and places of memory...history to blame!


    Life and travelling
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  2. hehehe ... yes ... being mistaken for a wild boar with all those macho guys around could be most unfortunate ... :)

    Thanks for taking us along Diane - is that cross made of stone?

    I just love the old post box and if you're in the area again, please hop the fence and take a close-up of that van (beware of boar hunters though ...)

    ps ... sorry, I misread your question on my last post ... yes, the roof does slope for rainwater to run off

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  3. What an interesting walk! A nice mixture of nature, distant and recent history and architecture. How many kilometres/miles did you walk? Martine

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  4. Ola you are right there are many crosses around and memories of where accidents have happened. Certainly history has little to do with the latter. Just people who cannot drive properly most of the time! Diane

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  5. Graham yes that cross is made of stone. A lot of hard work for somebody!!

    I think the Post box is lovely, and I would guess still in use. The car Nigel thinks is a renault of some kind but......

    Thanks for clarifying the roof on the bathroom. Have a good weekend Diane

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  6. Ladybird I have not got a clue how far we walked. As Nigel and I are the youngest normally in the group we find the slow ambling walk quite difficult. There are some very ancient bodies on our walks so most of them are not really that far. I know the next one they have said will be about 6km, I would guess this particular walk was probably a bit shorter. Take care Diane

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  7. How did you find your leisure club?

    Is it mainly a walking club or are other activities arranged?

    Great walk.

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  8. I enjoyed the scenery. Very lovely. I'd love to see inside the large chateau also ;-)

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  9. Another lovely walk. I think I could live in the chateau with lots of help also. This leisure group is a great way to visit seemingly unknown places.

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  10. I love slow ambling walks! My husband always rushes on ahead of me -- but at least has the grace to stop from time to time and let me almost catch up! I think it's wonderful that you have found this group to join. Certainly the walks you've posted about so far look to be absolutely fascinating.

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  11. Hello Diane:
    A most interesting and attractive walk, with so much to look at en route. And, how wonderful it is for you to be part of a group to walk with as this surely makes the whole event so much more companionable and pleasurable.

    The hidden chateaux would be our favourites and, yes, like you, we should be imagining ourselves living in them....but with proper heating, we would hope, as we are miserable in the cold.

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  12. Gaynor we heard about it from another English woman who had joined, it is all French and she wanted to improve her French. She does not seem to go any more now, so Nigel and I are the only two English. The walk is a new thing that they have just introduced, I don't know how long it will go on for as 3 towns are involved. We have walked two of them and the third one is coming up. Every Tuesday afternoon we meet, and some play Belote (cards),and others like us, play scrabble (very difficult in French but lots of fun!! They have a couple of bus trips a year to other parts of France at cost. The 3 towns also do a big luncheon once a year each, we get them for 1/2 price as members. Membership is only €12 a year so 1 1/2 price meal pays for the membership! Diane

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  13. Joyful there are many châteaux around France that you can visit, but both of these were privately owned with no tours available. They have to be wealthy!! The others need visitors to pay for the restoration! Diane

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  14. Gaelyn so far each walk we have done with the group, has been to places which are not on the tourist route and not well known. We are lucky to have discovered as you say, 'unknown' places. Maybe my posts will make them more visible!!! Diane

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  15. Hi Diane .. fascinating post - did your lad speak ze engleesh?

    I looked up St Adjutory .. and came up with Adjutor - the patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowing .. there's a short entry in Wikipedia - English version! Sorry I like to know!

    Love the countryside and roast boar would be delicious right now! Cheers and enjoy your evening - our clocks go forward tonight .. Hilary

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  16. The Broad it does not really worry me slow or fast, except I like to stop and take photos. For Nigel it is a different, he has a foot problem and walking slowly causes him pain! We are looking forward to the next walk though never the less:) Diane

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  17. Jane and Lance, you are right, I forgot about the heating, very important, I also hate the cold!! Take care Diane

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  18. Hilary, no he spoke no eenglish. He will be I think, judging by his age, just beginning English at school.

    Our clocks also go forward tonight. Suits as now I am the same as South Africa :) Makes calls there much easier.

    I am not sure if you have realised that unless I am writing about home, I usually remember to add 'Location' at the bottom of the post. There you will find a map of where I have been.
    Have a great Sunday. Diane

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  19. Great Post, Diane. I wish we had walking clubs here in western Canada. I would really benefit from a club like this, as I have just had Hip surgery. I ride my stationary bike right now, but am ready to ride my mountain bike as soon as things warm up. Have a great Sunday.

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  20. It sounds like you had a fun time and got some exercise too. All your photos are great! We have plenty of geese here and it still amazes me to see them fly in formation to the lake by us. They will be having their babies soon and be walking all around town!

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  21. When I'm at work I like to walk to see the horses in the local paddock but they do not have such grand facilities as the ones shown here. Very informative and entertaining post as ever, keep evading the hunters!

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  22. Horst I hope that you hip does well. A friend of mine had his done recently and he says he is sorry that he waited for so long. It was very successful.
    Just make sure you do not come off your mountain bike once you get out on the road!! Diane

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  23. Pam I would love to see all the geese walking around with there babies. It must be quite a sight. Diane

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  24. Froggy the facilities for these horses was very smart.

    I will certainly do my best not to look like a wild pig!! LOL Diane

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  25. It must have been a wonderful walk! Lovely photos. The old mail box is fantastic.

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  26. JM we are certainly in agreement over the Post box. Thanks for visiting. Diane

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  27. A lovely walk through the French countryside Dianne. I wish I was alongside. What a charming old post box. It's little things like that that make the walk all the more special.
    Sam

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  28. Delightful on two counts: first, that there is a walking group to walk with; and second, that there is so much to see and appreciate.

    Of course, watching out for hunters keeps you all on your toes!

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  29. Sam each walk we have had so far has been so interesting and seeing things that we did not know were around. I really fell for that postbox :) Take care Diane

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  30. Rosaria I hope that the walks keep going. They are new to the group and each to a place of interest. How many places of interest can they keep finding in a fairly small area!! There will always be the Tuesday meetings with scrabble and cards. Hope you had a good weekend. Diane

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  31. Would love to have done that walk with you....those chateau looked splendid places, although I would not like to live in one - too much cleaning to do!

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  32. Vera I plan on having full staff, no cleaning for me!! Also as Jane reminded me I have to have good heating as well! LOL I can dream can I not? Diane

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  33. alwaya amazing me (and enjoy) the places you visit and the pictures always nice;) thanks so much

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  34. Those chateaux are both somewhat reminiscent of my own house, which was styled after a Norman Chateau, or so the story goes.

    As for the hunters, I'm glad you wear bright clothes. But, truly, you are much too small and smily to be a wild boar! Thanks for another splendid tour.

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  35. I would love to walk through the french countryside and sampling the wine of the particular region. We will get over there soon. Hopefully the dollar will buy more by that time. The currency exchange rate is not so good at the moment.

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  36. Hi Diane, I enjoy reading your posting, looks like it's a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing all the very well taken beautiful photos.
    I love the last photo of the small dam.

    Have a nice day. regards

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  37. Gloria thanks for your kind words. Have a great day. Diane

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  38. Marjie I would love to see your home but little chance of that ever happening!

    As for too small to be mistaken for a wild boar, I am 5' 8", (1.6 metres) Nigel is 6'4" (1.9 metres)which always makes me look small!!! There are people shot every year who get in the way!!! Have a good day. Diane

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  39. Stephen I hope that you have a good trip. As for the exchange rate you never know what to expect these days!! Diane

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  40. Amelia thanks for your visit and comment. I would love to have spent a bit more time at that last dam, but everyone else was in a hurry to get back to tea and cakes!! Diane

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  41. Very relaxing place. Love that rustic letter box too.

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  42. Many thanks my friend Diane for so interesting photo-tour!!!
    You are a very nice company and the part he visited, beautiful!
    Many greetings and kisses

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  43. There was plenty of variety on our virtual walk today Diane, thoroughly enjoyable, thanks to your interesting photos.

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  44. great,traveling along with you as always
    anni

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  45. You are very wise to wear bright cloths during the hunting season, well behaved hunters exist but are are rare!
    Nice stroll in the countryside, you live in a place where you can lots of migratory birds!
    Wish I could be there right now as they are coming back!
    Cheers Diane, à bientôt!!

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  46. Sonia glad you enjoyed the walk, that post box was gorgeous:) Diane

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  47. Magda you are always so complimentary, thanks my friend. Have a great week. Hugs Diane x

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  48. Thanks Linda. We have seen things on these local walks that we did not even know existed! They have been very interesting to us as well. Take care. Diane

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  49. anni thanks for your visit and comment. It is always nice to have your visits. Diane

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  50. Noushka we are going on a walk this afternoon as well so we will be watching the skies:) Hope you are enjoying the better weather, but we do need some rain! Diane x

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  51. Hello Diane, beautiful pictures. History of Europe is rich and fascinating, isn't it?. You never know what you're going to stumble upon. Thank you for sharing. Hope you're feeling great nowadays.

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  52. Merci Diane pour cette jolie promenade à travers la campagne! Des chateaux, des chevaux et les retour des oies sauvages, quel beauté et quelle paix à travers vos images!

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  53. Merci Lucie. C'était une belle promenade. Nous avons la chance de voir les oies. bonne journée. Diane

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  54. Marco Pasha, having lived in Africa most of my life, I cannot believe the history that I am discovering in Europe :) Take care Diane

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  55. That must have been fun - to walk and see with all those people. The pond looks peaceful. Wish we were sitting by the pond with bread for the birds and coffee for us.

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  56. that post box is so sweet!

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  57. yeah, i think i would be just as nervous and sweating if i know about the hunters shooting everywhere..Funny for me to see those cross signs at the side of the roads..actually reminded me of those sights of those cemeteries here, .oops..sorry. Does anyone live in that chateau chabrun? what's in there actually?

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  58. Those critters are beautiful!

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  59. Becca I would love to have spent more time at that pond, but everyone else was in a hurry to get back sadly. As it was on private property I felt that I could not make a break away!! Keep well, hope that your Mum is doing OK. Diane

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  60. Muppy I fell for that post box in a big way :) Diane

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  61. Lena yes there is a family at the Château who live there. Thus the reason it is private and why we could not go and see it. There are a number of private châteaux around. Take care Diane

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  62. chubskulit I presume you mean the geese flying over by critters, If so yes they were beautiful. Diane

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  63. Howdy Diane, thanks again for sharing another wonderful place. I'm getting more & more excited each time I visit here. ((hugs))
    Hope you're having a wonderful spring time!
    Blessings
    Kristy

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  64. A leisure club! That sounds fun and looks fun!
    It would be so incredible too, to do it in France with all the great old finds. This was fun :)

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  65. Kristy thanks so much for your kind comment. We are enjoying spring, I think though that we will get another cold snap before it really warms up! Take care Diane

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  66. Auntie Bliss it really is a fun club, I only wish that my French was better it would be so much easier!! For all that we have a great time.

    Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. Much appreciated. Diane

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  67. Christine's Pantry we loved the walk and it was very relaxing you are right. Keep well Diane

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  68. Hi Diane !
    thank you for your funny comment!
    will be gone for a few days
    back soon
    anni

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  69. Diane I do love going along with you on your walks, but I don't have a heavy coat so I'll just watch from here. I think it is so cool that you can see so many really old and historical things :) I love that bed and breakfast ...how beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  70. Very nice walk! The post box and the van are very lovely, remainders of older times! Have a nice weekend
    CrazyTourist1

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  71. Encore une belle ballade. Merci mon amie et bon weekend.

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  72. Looks like a wonderful walk on a "winter day". I love to see the monuments and other memorials to those who fought for France in WWII.

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  73. anni. have a good time away see you when you get back. Diane

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  74. Lyndsey that B & B is quite gorgeous. In fact we really enjoyed the whole interesting walk. Take care Diane

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  75. Crazy Tourists we both love seeing things from the past, the post box we particularly loved. Have a good Sunday. Diane

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  76. chcmichel every where we go in this area there are so many memorials. The resistance was all around here so nobody is forgotten. Diane

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  77. That was a lovely and very interesting walk.
    Do you do a lot of these walks now?
    It is nice to see the French countryside through your camera. Thanks for taking me along :))

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  78. You are the luckiest person in the world - you can see this beauty whenever you want. The last photo really does make you feel that something is going to happen any moment.

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  79. I miss these walks..I have been so busy with Easter coming, I forgot my blog and all my dear friends.
    Beautiful walk..we are getting chilly again..but this is Maine. They always say.."If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."..Up and down..George is coughing again..Hope all is well with you both. Have a wonderful holiday..xoCarolyn

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  80. Carolyn. Thanks for the visit, I know how busy I have been and it not easy to keep up. There will soon be lots of gardening to do so there will be less time.
    The cough continues despite using a spray everyday as I am supposed to have a chronic bronchial problem. I still have to see about my sinuses but that can wait a bit. Nigel is more fed up than I am!! Take care and have a good Easter. Diane

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  81. A walk with friends through places like these must do absolute wonders for the soul!

    I know just seeing pictures of these towns and villages do it for mine. <3

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  82. Ree I am pleased that you enjoy seeing these pictures of rural France. It is such a beautiful country and I am happy to share with you. Diane

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  83. This was a blissful post to read, I feel I am walking right there beside you, step by step through the history of your area.

    How sad that the processions have stopped, along these crosses. Were they part of a Stations of the Cross walk I wonder?

    Thank you again for these wonderful posts of your countryside. I get really excited when I see the heading and know I am going to go on a walk with Diane X

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  84. Dolly we were not given a lot of information on the cross, the French pensioners with us did not know any-more than what I have said in the post. You could well be right though and it was then part of Stations of the Cross walk.
    Take care Diane

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