Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Walking From Abilly


On Thursday 16 January I went out with the local walking club. It was a beautiful clear sunny and surprisingly warm day, with no wind. This was only my second walk since October as I have been forced to spend months resting my tendonitis. I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to manage a ten kilometre hike with just a dull ache rather than absolute agony and a leg that goes rigid. So here are some pictures from the other day. Not vast numbers, because with the low winter sun the photo I wanted was often looking into the sun, so I didn't bother taking the photo.

Water mill at Abilly.
Water mill, Abilly.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Church, Abilly.
Church, Abilly.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Sign advertising a rabbit and poultry farm. 
I buy most of our chicken, guinea fowl and rabbit from this producer.
Sign advertising a rabbit and poultry farm.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Deep wheel ruts in a field.
Deep wheel ruts in a field.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The lodge, with the Chateau du Bois d'Aix in the background.
Lodge and Chateau du Bois d'Aix.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Coming upon the newly installed gates of the Chateau du Bois d'Aix.
Newly installed gates at the Chateau du Bois d'Aix.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
We think the chateau must have new owners as these ostentatious gates have appeared. Several of my French friends are convinced they are 'anglais', as they appear to have ignored regulations about the distance hedges can be planted from the edge of the road. According to them a French person would never do such a thing (ha!).

Detail of the new wrought iron gate. 
Sadly, they've used gold paint, not gold leaf, so the effect is not as good as it could be.
Detail of new wrought iron gate at the Chateau du Bois d'Aix.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Chateau du Bois d'Aix.
Chateau du Bois d'Aix.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Babette and Fabrice walk down a rural track. 
One of my companions revealed that this was the spot she had her first fall from a horse.
Walking down a rural track.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.


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2 comments:

Le Pré de la Forge said...

Look at those gates at the Chateau du Bois d'Aix....
so THAT'S where Johnny Depp lives!

Susan said...

No, no, keep up...he sold it.

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