In our village, which is officially un hameau (a hamlet), there are nine houses. Our house is one of three that are located at the end of a paved road and on the edge of the Renaudière vineyard, which has a dirt road running through it. Two of these three houses date back, I think, to the 18th century and have been extensively remodeled over the past 50 years. Our house was built in the late 1960s and is the one with the darker brown roof. We've lived here for almost 20 years now. In the last photo that's Walt looking out of one of our back windows.
I just saw a report on Télématin, the French morning show, about the energy crisis and its effect on two of the châteaux in our region. One of them is the Château de Cheverny, which is privately owned and open to the public. Its owners will pay 62 thousand euros over the coming year for heat and lights. The utility bill at the nearby government-owned Château de Chambord will double over the same period, climbing to 215 thousand euros. The people faced with those bills are looking for ways to keep costs down. More modest light displays for the end-of-year holidays? Installation of solar panels? Burning more wood in the buildings' big fireplaces?