Les lavandières

25 thoughts on “Les lavandières”

  1. Thank you Cathy. What a beautifull pictures. Here in Selles we’ve got a lot of lavatories. They are connected with each other. Except one lying aside the canal which was used in winterd because the water did not freeze.

    1. Glad you enjoyed Meta – I really must come and see them! I know I wrote that lots of people have done books of photographs of lavoirs, but I quite fancy making a collection of my own.

  2. lovely post Cathy, enjoyed it and the interesting details about your chosen village, I think washing any where before water was piped to our homes would have been a challenge, Frances

    1. You are so right, Frances. I like things like that because I like to feel close to the people who lived here before me. You can (apparently – I haven’t managed to make it out) even see the marks of clogs on the stones.

  3. What a treat to read this. Thank you x

    On Monday, 18 January 2016, “Garden Dreaming at Châtillon” wrote:

    > Cathy posted: ” We had a light sprinkling of snow overnight and a superb > Sunday afternoon. Failing the opportunity to garden, I took a walk down the > valley, past the monument to Châtillon-sur-Saône’s most famous son, Jan > Monchablon (of whom more later) to the old vil” >

  4. Between this and your other links I’ve spent an enjoyable morning in the French countryside covering hundreds of years of history. It’s so different from the experience here in the US where so much is disposable and some people almost seemed ashamed of a poorer or violent past and are so anxious to cover it up. All the best for your town’s efforts, it’s hundreds of years of neglect you are repairing so I’m sure the progress seems painfully slow, but it will come.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed. Unfortunately there has been a grand exodus from the French countryside and villages are falling into complete ruin everywhere you look. We are lucky because our is rather a little jewel (not that there are not many of them in France). The tendency amongst thinking people seems to be to want to look after it, buy into it, rather than let it fall down because it is quite important historically and architecturally for the region. Some have even bought and renovated buildings they don’t live in because they love it so much. I think (mostly!) that we are very lucky.

    1. So glad you enjoyed, Annette. Yes – I’m really thinking I’d like to do a collection of lavoir photos myself (ours is more practically interesting rather than beautiful). In fact there are so many architectural themes one could pick in France, aren’t there?

  5. I loved your photos and explanation of the lavoirs. Yes, I think our ancestors had to be much physically tougher than we are today. Your story reminds me of how when Judy was a child, she would visit her grandmother in South Dakota who had no indoor plumbing (a wasteful indulgence, she believed). So on these visits she would walk through the herb garden to the outhouse, grabbing a handful of dill to hold to her nose as she went. Luckily Judy never had to visit during the South Dakota winter!

    1. Good story! Yes, even my neighbour in rural Suffolk had an outdoor toilet about 25 years ago. Rural France often seems to me to be 50 years behind anywhere else in Europe. I hope Judy remembers her grandmother’s ‘arrangements’ every time she enjoys your mod-cons now!

  6. Lovely pictures and fascinating history Cathy. I have the. Christmas roses still in bloom, but yours are really gorgeous. Mum

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  7. What a fascinating post, thanks for sharing.
    Sadly, my ‘lavender lore’ story is not a happy one! I bought a pair of lovely lavender ‘maracas’ woven with ribbon with the lavender heads bent inside the maraca head from Provence a few years ago. (I’m sure there’s a word for them, do you know it?)
    I put them in my cupboard and then, after leaving my jumpers in there over the winter, realised when I came to start wearing them again, that many had moth holes. Clearing out the whole cupboard showed moth caterpillars all living inside one of the maracas – euggggh!
    Hundreds of pounds of knitwear later I certainly wouldn’t trust lavender as a moth deterrent, so beware!

    1. I don’t actually know the word you are looking for, sorry. But my goodness about the lavender! It sounds like the moth deterrent advice was not only incorrect but wool-threatening! Thanks for passing that on … made me feel a bit queasy, though.

  8. Really enjoy reading your blog entries, be it about the garden, local history or house trials and tribulations. The photos are always absolutely gorgeous too – I didn’t comment at the time, but I must admit I was scratching my head when you admitted to blogging doubts a while ago (I even invented the term ‘blog dysmorphic disorder’ 🙂 about it).
    So jealous of your hellebore patch and especially the speckled one. One of my plants has now snuffed it, due to several hard freezes, the other I’m trying to keep alive in the stairwell. Happy New Year from Berlin!

    1. And a happy New Year to you too! You are one of my very favourite gardening bloggers. Such beauty and honesty from a tiny space in Berlin. If you want it, you’ll have hellebores like mine when you are as desperately old as I am!

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