The River Rance at Plaisance

The River Rance at Plaisance

The River Rance flows in a wide, shallow loop around the village of Plaisance, as if the village were a head asleep in the crook of an arm. We went down to the river, one afternoon; the day had been hot and Tom and Gabriel were in in a flash. Stones, fish, and deep tranquil [...]

Plaisance, from the road to Coupiac

Plaisance, from the road to Coupiac

My son's in-laws, the Thompsons, give 'Plaisance' as their address in France, but actually they live a few kilometres outside the village, on a narrow road that hugs the hillside above a lovely valley. The village itself sits astride a three-way junction, which might create the impression that it is quite large, but in reality [...]

Where sheep do graze, Aveyron

Where sheep do graze, Aveyron

Aveyron is Rocquefort country, the country where Lacaune sheep crowd together, grazing, on the steepest of green-clad hillsides. We saw these in the valley far below, from the road out of Plaisance, as we made our way to the plateau above en route to Albi. As you will see, I have processed one of these [...]

La Fon del Mas, Aveyron

La Fon del Mas, Aveyron

I will not tell you what the rude son of our hosts - he was not with us in France, but his dad related the story with much relish - called the tiny hamlet of La Fon del Mas, which you pass through on the way down the hill from the Thompson's house, below, into [...]