20 December 2014

The morning walk in Môlay, and my new passport

First, I want to announce that I received my new U.S. passport day before yesterday. It all happened very fast, in other words. I sent in the application, a photo, and my old passport on December 10, and the new passport was delivered to our front door on December 18. I obviously filled out the paperwork correctly. The consular staff in Paris accepted my "home-made" photo (which isn't very good, really). Voilà. C'est un souci en moins...

Now back to Burgundy. On our first morning in Môlay, it was my turn to go out for the walk with Callie. Even though the weather was very gray and the light was dim, I took my camera of course. Here are some photos of the village. I have others for other blog posts.

This was the house across the street from the B&B/gite where we were staying.

As you can see, it was early enough that the street lights in the village were still on.

To my eye, most of the architecture of the village is pretty austere.

There were a lot of old stone walls like the ones above and the one below.

We noticed and admired dry stone walls (murs de pierres sèches) like these all around the area of Burgundy we were visiting. The flat rubble stones are carved limestone, I think, but I might be wrong.


  1. Wow, lovely place but it tey must renovate it tio preserve for next generations

  2. Ken,
    the walls are limestone, but not carved...
    I am pretty certain that these will be from the same bed that rises again in the Cotswolds and Lincolnshire....
    it curves down under the Chanel with layers of sandstone and chalk above.
    This limestone fractures into thin blocks and they often just need facing on one side...
    or opposite faces if it is a tie-piece that passes across the wall from one face to another.
    This limestone... and Caithness Slab sandstone...
    are some of the most convenient building blocks to come out of the ground...
    and make very stable, quickly-built structures.
    As you can see from the last picture... you don't really need any "glue"!

    1. And also no word verification...
      but some sites [including ours] have had some sort of verification turned on...
      someones at Splogger have probably updated something and reversed a "true or false" statement in the code....?

    2. Thanks for the info, Tim. I think stones of this size and type are called moellons in French because they are fairly soft and easy to work with. The Wiki article says: Un moellon (appellations anciennes maillon ou moilon) est une pierre pour la construction, en général pierre de calcaire plus ou moins tendre (matériaux), taillée partiellement ou totalement, avec des dimensions et une masse qui le rendent maniable par un homme seul. So they say the stones are partially or totally carved or shaped before they are put into place, or during the building process. I'm out of my depth here though. I wondered if the moellons might be sandstone. We saw them everywhere we went over there.


    3. On Susan and Simon's blog the other day, when I left a comment I got a little box to check to prove that I wasn't a robot rather than a string of characters or numbers to type. Don't know what that was about.

  3. Looks a lot like Kentucky limestone. I like the solid look of this village, but it could be depressing in the winter!

  4. E., the village was pretty cold and austere. There were no shops at all, as far as I saw.

  5. Thanks, Linda, for your nice comment.


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