This old stone shed in Chaumussay intrigued me. I photographed it because I thought it made a lovely, typically Touraine Loire Valley vignette, but then I got thinking about what the shed was used for and why it was there. I initially assumed it was a tool shed for the potager that one accesses through the gap between the shed and the wall. But if this is the case, why does the shed open on to the laneway and not onto the potager? Is it because of the slope of the land? Maybe it was more efficient use of space to tuck the shed into the slope and use the flat land behind entirely for vegetables.
Then there is the question of the height of the door. Now I know old rural French people are often not very tall, but you were more than a metre I reckon you would have the urge to duck for this doorway. Does that mean it's an animal shelter of some sort?