Here are a few more pictures I took from the Puy Saint-Ambroise near Lapalisse in the Allier département (northern Auvergne) two weeks ago. I'm having computer problems, I'm cooking a capon for lunch, and I don't have a lot of time to give to the blog today.
The photo above shows a beautiful farm with a small glassy lake, pretty trees, and a handsome farmhouse and its outbuildings. The one below shows some typical modern pavillon houses, one of which is not quite finished, I believe. The red brick is still bare — it hasn't yet had "render" or enduit (stucco) applied to the exterior walls.
Finally, one more panorama.
Last night, I got an e-mail from a person whose initials are P.W. asking me if I could help her get in touch with local authorities in a nearby village. She said that she had been informed by a French neighbor that her house here has been burglarized, and her French is not good enough for her to be able to talk to her neighbors or the authorities and understand what they are saying to her and what the situation is. I hate to have to be so suspicious and careful, but I'm afraid the message might be part of some kind of scam and I don't feel safe answering it. I'm sorry. If you live in the Saint-Aignan area and know an Englishwoman whose initials are P.W., let me know so I will be convinced the e-mail is legitimate. I've been scammed before...