11 February 2014

La Grange

Yikes! I have an 8:30 doctor's appointment this morning, and I have to walk the dog before I leave for town. Since it doesn't get light until about 7:45, and I have to take a shower at some point, there's not much time for blogging today. Anyway, here are three pictures of a house in what our mayor on Sunday called « le pâté de maisons » — "the block." I call it the hamlet. Who knows what pâté has to do with it all?

This particular house has a name: La Grange. I wonder if it ever really was a barn. The one across the street from it is named Bella Vista — it was a Corsican man who had it built and who lived there. Our house is called Les Bouleaux (The Birches), and the mayor's house is named La Ruine. About that last one, I assume the place was in ruins when the mayor and her husband bought it in 1979 and started fixing it up. It's beautiful now.

So four of the nine houses in our hamlet have names. The others go without. I'm not sure why that is, and I'm not sure when the houses on our little road were assigned numbers. I assume that the names preceded the number assignments.

The upshot is that I'm writing this on Monday afternoon. My will & testament is drafted — hand-written. It only took me one try to get it right. Walt's is done too. Anyway, it will be a race to make it to the doctor's office on time, and it's supposed to be... guess what... raining.

Walt will have no trouble being on time at the office where the Sécurité Sociale rep holds office hours on Tuesdays. It opens at nine, and it's only about three blocks, a short walk or drive, from the doctor's office. Then we'll stop in at the notarial office and hand off our testaments — it's right up the street. After that, we'll head to the supermarket for some shopping before returning home to Les Bouleaux for lunch. This is what passes for a busy day here in Saint-Aignan.

P.S. Tuesday a.m. It looks like the rain will hold off until afternoon. I just heard on Sky News that this has been the wettest winter in England in 250 years.


  1. Ken, parts of the UK are having a thoroughly miserable time, their homes and livelihoods ruined by flooding.
    My heart hoes out to them and I try not to grumble too much about our own lousy weather.

  2. No optical illusion in La Grange this time!

    Here in NoVa, we're supposed to have snow tonight, again!

  3. Jean, I know what you mean. In Brittany, the flooding is bad, but since I've been watching Sky News I realize that the situation in SE England is even more dire. Here in Saint-Aignan, we are damp but not flooded. But guess what. Our boiler conked out this morning. We have no central heat for the time being... but a repairman is supposed to come see to it this afternoon.

    CHM, sometimes I wonder whether I might choose snow over rain. But then again.... maybe not. Bon courage.

  4. Yikes! Boiler down! Thank heavens you have wood for the fire, and someone on his way to check out the boiler. Courage :)

  5. Hi Juy,

    The chaudière is fixed! The charge: 19.80 euros!

  6. Glad your boiler was cheaply fixed! I heard about England's wet problems on NPR yesterday. Terrible Winter everywhere it seems.

    There are plenty of cancellations today here in Dixieland- we needed to make sure the history of two weeks ago didn't repeat itself . We just have some rain today and I'm not complaining about that.

    Love the photo of La grange, which is the name of a town near my home town of Anchorage, KY. It was mostly farmland, but now is a suburban outpost of Louisville. Nevertheless, it is a lovely place.

  7. Never liked the weather in France.

  8. Starman, if you like the weather in South Florida, you wouldn't like the weather in northern France...


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