Wednesday, 28 October 2020

An Autumn Walk From Paulmy

 On 8 October the walking club did a 10 kilometre circuit from Paulmy. Here are some pictures from that walk.

Terrier hunting voles in a ditch, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Terrier hunting voles (spot the vole bottom right).

This is one of Jane's small terrier type dogs. It leapt into the ditch and a bank vole simultaneously leapt out. It was like a circus act. The dog then proceeded to look everywhere except at my feet, where the vole was cowering.

Donkey in a field, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
One of two donkeys in a field on the outskirts of Paulmy.

Abandoned troglodyte cave home, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Abandoned troglodyte cave home on the outskirts of Ferrière-Larçon. I like the use of the overhang to provide eaves.

Male Great Banded Furrow Bee Halictus scabiosae on Greater Knapweed Centaurea scabiosa, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Male Great Banded Furrow Bee Halictus scabiosae on Greater Knapweed Centaurea scabiosa (Fr. Centaurée scabieuse).

Village houses, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Dominique called me over to make a short detour to have a look at this house in Ferrière-Larçon. The owner makes charming rustic bird nest boxes out of found wood.

Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea Lathyrus latifolius, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea Lathyrus latifolius (Fr. Gesse à larges feuilles). English gardeners here often mistake them for the closely related Sweet Pea when they appear spontaneously in their garden.

Church at Le Grand Pressigny, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
The church at Le Grand Pressigny.

Walking across a valley, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Crossing the Saint Mande valley, designated a 'Sensitive Natural Space'.

Rustic stable, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Rustic stable.

Notice forbidding shooting, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
A notice forbidding shooting in the Saint Mande valley, due to the number of people, including children, who use the public right of way, and the valley's status as a 'sensitive natural space'. Neither Joël nor I had ever seen anything like this before and were intrigued and impressed.

Walking through open farmland, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Walking through open farmland.



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10 comments:

Jean said...

It was along the trail between Paulmy and Ferrière Larçon that Chris and Gail's dog got caught in an illegal home made snare in the wood to the side of the track. It was a horrible experience for them and I find it shocking that animals are still trapped like that. The thought of wild animals being caught by the leg and left to die in pain and terror is just awful.

chm said...

Interesting new banner? The roof of the abbey's bell tower is ridiculously high.

Le Pré de la Forge said...

Lovely.... especially the first picture!
"A notice forbidding shooting in the Saint Mande valley, due to the number of people, including children, who use the public right of way, and the valley's status as a 'sensitive natural space'. Neither Joël nor I had ever seen anything like this before and were intrigued and impressed."
You only need to look atthe signature.....

chm said...

I totally agree, Jean.

Susan said...

I remember being told about that at the time it happened. I hope they told Gérard Hénault about it. He would have been furious.

Susan said...

Yes everyone is very sniffy about the 19C 'improvements' to the belltower.

Susan said...

My thoughts exactly.

chm said...

Is this another church in the banner just above the i?

Susan said...

That belfry is on the town hall, but the bell came from Notre-Dame des Echelles, which you can see above the 'a' in Days. We discovered the only known image of the bell when it was still on Notre-Dame des Echelles a few years ago. A bit of a milestone event for the blog.

chm said...

Thank you. Yes, I remember you talking about N-D des Échelles.

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