This is the house I live in...
The road where I'm standing to take the picture is actually a small lane that peters out just after the end of the garden of my house. It doesn't go anywhere, so there is no traffic. So my house is very quiet. Nothing passes. Idyllic, you're thinking. That also means nobody passes and says hello.
This is the back garden...
Well, actually that was taken a few years ago and the shrubs are bigger now, but it's still basically the same. It's not a huge garden - easily manageable. It extends to the line of fence posts you can see in the (not too far) distance and it faces south so is always full of sunshine.
On the left side of the garden is a fabulous view (to be honest, that's what sold me the house) over to some nearby hills called the Monts de Blond...
The cows you see in the field are Limousin cows - that being the region of France I live in, which is famous for its beef cattle. There are not always cows in the field, sometimes it's just left for the grass to grow.
I live in a tiny hamlet called Les Granges - which means the barns.
Apparently it was the farm for a commanderie of the Knights Templar some time between the 12th and 14th Centuries.
This is a seal of the Knights Templar.
It would be nice to say I dug it up in my garden - but no such luck
The commanderie was situated nearby, where there is now a small village called Champeau. Not a stone of the commanderie remains. It may be that the stones used to build the houses in Les Granges came from the commanderie or the original barns of the farm - no-one knows.
The Order came to an end in the early 14th Century when King Philip IV of France accused them of heresy and gave away all their property.
My house is one of the oldest buildings in the hamlet, being on an early cadastral survey in the late 17th Century. It was probably just a small barn at the time!
Of course, I have renovated it and insulated it, so it is now a cosy little dwelling. This is the kitchen...
I do love the kitchen!
This is my living room - although I have since moved everything around and the room is more spacious now, with the clic-clac settee moved right back against the wall...
The wood-burning stove in here makes it very warm and cosy in the winter!
There is one more room downstairs, but I think I've said enough for today. Another instalment next time!