From my kitchen window I have a lovely view looking out across the vineyard and to the woods beyond. But pan slightly to the right and I have a less scenic view of Philippe’s well. This well originally belonged to our house but the previous owners sold it to Philippe. Over winter he has installed a pump so that he can irrigate his potager.
Next door is another well and ancient lavoir (wash house) belonging to Monique, Philippe’s sister. This well also has a pump that has its own stone housing that is built in the local style; the roof has been replaced in recent years but the stonework is marked 1895.
|the old lavoir where women of the hamlet once did the laundry|