The photos from this 10 kilometre walk on 9 December were taken with my new smart phone, a Wiko Power U10. It will take me a while to get used to it. We started in Le Grand Pressigny, walked to Etableau and crossed the River Claise, then up into the forest, across the fields and back down to the river level, finishing by walking along a section of the greenway (Fr. voie verte) back into Le Grand Pressigny.
|In the middle of the photo you can see an old ford across the Claise. The road between Preuilly sur Claise and Le Grand Pressigny runs along the skyline.|
|Etableau, with the ruined mediaeval chateau up on the right, and the house of the passeur in the middle, with the brick chimney. |
Etableau is on the Claise and I was standing on the bridge to take the photo. Before there was a bridge there was a ford. When the river was too deep to ford on foot the passeur (ferryman) assisted people across, either on horseback or in a small boat called a fûtreau.
|Moss covered fallen tree in the forest.|
|Walking through the forest.|
|Moss growing up saplings.|
|Denise V handing out chocolates while we take a short break.|
|The sign says 'L'Etang Pelard' ('Pelard Dam'), but the only water in sight is this puddle.|
|The ever mysterious Etang Pelard, which is a rare willow carr habitat. Both Dominique and I always feel like the Lady of the Lake will appear at any moment from the depths.|
|Dominique checking the sex of these young horses. They are fillies.|
|Crossing the upper level fields.|
|This oak tree with several mistletoe clumps stands at the point where several fields meet.|