Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Walking From Barrou


The Monday 29 June 'petite balade' (short walk) was a circuit from Barrou. Here are some photos from along the route.

This house was used by salt smugglers in the past. It is right by a ford on the Creuse River and the salt tax was lower on the other side than our side, so cheap salt was smuggled in via this route.
House used by salt smugglers in the past.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

These young hounds were keen to greet passing walkers.
Young hounds in a village garden.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Annual Woundwort Stachys annua (Fr. Épiaire annuelle), a rare plant associated with arable crops that I only identified after consulting with a couple of botanist friends.
Lamiaceae.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Soapwort Saponaria officinalis (Fr. Saponaire officinale), once used for washing hands, faces and delicate lacy things.
Soapwort Saponaria officinalis.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Wild Teasel Dipsacus fullonum (Fr. Cabaret des oiseaux). I love the way the spines appear as a sort of haze, then the flowers become a band which moves up and down the head over several days.
Teasel Dipsacus fullonum.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 This Nettle-leaved Bellflower Campanula trachelium (Fr. Campanule gantelée) is growing in the middle of an actual Common Nettle Urtica dioica patch.
Nettle-leaved Bellflower Campanula trachelium.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 A charming rural house.
Charming rural house.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 A derelict farm cottage.
Derelict farm cottage.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Looking over the Creuse Valley at Barrou and Lésigny.
Looking over the Creuse Valley at Barrou.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 This variety of wheat is particularly beautiful.
Wheat crop.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 This cat is able to survey all passers by from his basket, safe and warm on a conservatory shelf, allowing him to see over the garden wall into the street.
Cat in conservatory.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.


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4 comments:

Carolyn said...

Your area has so many possible country walks. Is there a group or an individual who plans the walks?

These photos are a capsule of summer in France. The wildflowers, the ripening wheat, the view of villages and green fields, and stone buildings with blue trim and a climbing rose. The hounds and a pampered cat are a bonus.

Susan said...

Yes the walks we go on are planned by an individual on behalf of a group of walkers. I'm in charge of planning next weeks walk, this one was planned by someone who lives in Barrou.

Ricks Carson, Atlanta said...

Completely charmante! Thank you.

Susan said...

Glad you liked it.

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