A Beautiful and Hot Walk through the Countryside of southern France, up to an Old Pottery still in Activity

Hello to all dear friends !

Today we braved the scorching heat for a nice walk through the fields. Although we set off very early, very soon we were caught by the sun. We headed out of the village towards the forest and orchards for some cool shade !

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We took this "Chemin du Grand-Père" which I like very much for its quietness and of course for its name :)

In some places, there was a real Wild West atmosphere as you can see on the picture below... I picked some wild fennel all along the road and chewed it to hydrate myself a bit and enjoy its incomparable taste !

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At the turn of the path, we came across this herd that was about to leave the field... We were there at the right place, at the right time ^^ The fence was on the ground and after playing the shepherd for a few moments, I put the fence back in place and we went on our way.

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Just when we were getting tired and thirsty, we found these big, juicy wild blackberries and enjoyed them !

Just after, we came across an orchard full of peach trees loaded with fruit, but they were not ripe and I would have been angry if I had stolen some of the fruit ^^ The Drôme region where we are now is the leading producer of peaches, nectarines and apricots. It is also one of the regions that produces the most organic fruit, but these fruits are rarely organic.

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After more than an hour of zigzagging, we arrived at the village of Cliousclat, next to Mirmande. This one is known for its numerous potteries, but I believe that one in particular is the most famous, because it is the oldest.

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We didn't get to visit the workshops as it wasn't the day of the visits, but I took two pictures on the fly so you can see the atmosphere :) It looks like a very nice place to work and I thought I might try to sign up for a workshop if the opportunity arose !

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Before going to visit the small museum next door, we went to the shop where many beautiful products are for sale. I didn't take anything this time, the house is full and apart from a bowl or a few other things, we don't need anything !

Their classic glazes are black, yellow, brown and green. And the designs are clearly typical of Provence with a whole bestiary of chickens, birds and plants from the region.

On the last pictures, you can see a "chantepleure", a medieval tool used for watering. The jar is dipped in water, the water hole is filled with your finger and when you take it out, it starts to "rain" on the plants.

Next come the "Oyas". These are watering jars that are buried in the ground and, once filled, gradually moisten the soil. This technique is more than 2000 years old and has proved its worth !

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Finally we went to the museum where I think my favorite pieces are. These are more authentic and rustic. More simple too. Let me know how you feel about it :)

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To finish, we walked back home, which took us another hour, this time in the sun ! Fortunately, the pool was there ^^ and after that, we did almost nothing else all day... I finished reading my book and wrote a bit in my logbook in addition to this article :)

I hope you enjoyed this one, entertained and interested... and also that you and your loved ones are doing well !

I wish you a good evening and a nice summer.

<3

@anttn




Salut à tous chers amis ! Aujourd'hui, nous avons bravé la chaleur torride pour une belle promenade à travers champs. Bien que nous nous soyons mis en route très tôt, très rapidement, nous avons été rattrapés par le soleil. Nous sommes sortis du village en direction de la forêt et des vergers pour un peu d'ombre fraîche !

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Nous avons pris ce "Chemin du Grand-Père" que j'aime beaucoup pour sa tranquillité et bien-sûr pour son nom :)

À certains endroits, il y avait vraiment des ambiances de Far-West comme vous pouvez le voir sur la photo ci-dessous... J'ai cueilli du fenouil sauvage tout le long de la route que j'ai mâchonné pour m'hydrater un peu et profiter de son goût incomparable !

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Au detour du sentier, nous sommes tombés sur ce troupeau qui s'apprêtait à sortir du champ... Nous étions là au bon endroit, au bon moment ^^ La barrière était au sol et après avoir joué au berger quelques instants, j'ai remis la barrière en place et nous avons repris notre chemin.

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Au moment où nous avons commencé à avoir assez fain et surtout soif, nous avons trouvé ces mûres sauvages bien grosses et juteuses et nous nous en sommes délecté !

Juste après, nous croisions un verger pleins de pêchers chargés de fruits, mais ceux-ci n'étaient pas mûrs et je m'en serai voulu de subtiliser quelques fruits ^^La région de la Drôme où nous nous trouvons actuellement est la première productrice de pêches, nectarines et abricots. C'est aussi une de celles qui fait le plus de bio, mais ces fruits-là le sont rarement.

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Après encore plus d'une heure à zigzaguer ainsi, nous sommes arrivés au village de Cliousclat, voisin de Mirmande. Celui-ci est connu pour ses nombreuses poteries, mais je crois qu'une en particulier est la plus connue, car la plus ancienne.

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Nous n'avons pas pu visiter les ateliers comme ce n'était pas le jour des visites, mais j'ai quand même pris deux images à la volée pour que vous voyez un peu l'ambiance :) Ça a l'air très sympathique de travailler-là et je me suis dit que j'essayerai peut-être de m'inscrire à un atelier si l'occasion se présente !

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Avant d'aller visiter le petit musée attenant, nous sommes passés à la boutique où beaucoup de beaux produits sont à la vente. Je n'ai rien pris cette fois-ci, la maison est pleine et hormis un saladier ou quelques autres choses, nous n'avons besoin de rien !

Leurs émaux classiques sont de couleurs noire, jaune, brun et vert. Et les motifs sont clairement typique de la Provence avec tout un bestiaire figuratif de poules, oiseaux et végétaux de la région.

Sur les dernières photos, vous pourrez voir une "chantepleure" un outil du Moyen-Âge qui servait à arroser. On plonge la jarre dans l'eau, on bouche le trou du eau avec le doigt et lorsqu'on le retire, il se met à "pleuvoir" sur les plantes.

Viennent ensuite des "Oyas". Ce sont des jarres d'arrosage que l'on enterre dans la terre et qui une fois remplies, humidifient le sol progressivement. C'est une technique qui a plus de 2000 ans et qui a bien fait ses preuves !

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Pour finir nous avons fait un tour au musée où se trouvent, selon moi, les pièces que je préfère. Celles-ci sont plus authentiques et rustiques. Plus simples aussi. Vous me donnerez votre sentiment sur cela :)

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Pour finir, nous sommes rentrés à pied, ce qui nous a encore pris une bonne heure, cette fois-ci, en plein soleil ! Heureusement, la piscine était au rendez-vous ^^ et après cela, nous n'avons presque plus rien fait de la journée... J'ai terminé de lire mon livre et j'ai un peu écris dans mon carnet de bord en plus de cet article :)

J'espère que celui-ci vous aura plût, diverti et intéressé... et aussi que vous allez bien, ainsi que vos proches !

Je vous souhaite une bonne soirée ainsi qu'un bel été.

<3

@anttn




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such a beautiful area for the walk, the sheep remind me of back home in NZ

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

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yeah, it was indeed nice despite the dry heat :)

Thanks for passing by, I'm glad you appreciate the virtual tour !

I wish you a very enjoyable weekend 🍀

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What a lovely walk @anttn 😊 in the countryside.
Yep, I can imagine that even though you went early the sun caught up. It is extra hot this year everywhere.
So great to see the museum, everything inside. Very cool.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Happy Wednesday 😊👋🏻

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hey @littlebee4 !
thanks for your message and sorry to answer so lately :/
I can imagine that it’s hot too in Spain !!
Hoping that you’re having a nice weekend and summer 😘 🌱

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You are welcome @anttn 😊 no problem… 😉
So far still taking it easy, seem not to be able to shake off this flu/ bad cold I have since over a week now…

Enjoy your Sunday further 👋🏻😎☀️

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Thanks 😊

Ahh, sorry to hear that you’re ill :/ I wish you a prompt recovery !!!

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It's a beautiful place. It looks so hot in the countryside.

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definitely ! and yeah, super hot and dry... it didn't rain since months !!

be well dear :)

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Hi, you had a nice walk anttn. all photos and explanations are very clear and informative very cool post even though you walk on a hot summer day. have a nice weekend take care.😊

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hi @hindavi !
I'm glad you enjoyed this little walk :)
I'm sorry to answer you a bit lately ..! how are you those days ?
Have a good evening ☺️

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That was a good story about your walk. but sometimes I missed your posts. when you follow somebody how to keep track to know about the posts? I couldn't get it. Are you getting any notice? Anyway, busy working. and sometimes go for walk. gathering photos to post it sometime later. take care and enjoy the rest of the summer. greetings🙏

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Yeah, it can happens, it’s also why I try to not follow a lot of people, I want to give true support and can see their creations ☺️
Courage to you if there’s plenty of work, I hope you can have some free time too, wish you a great day 🌱

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