Thursday, 30 October 2014

Clôtures en France

On my walks around the charming french villages
I have my camera at the ready
hoping to capture something special.

One beautiful summer afternoon, I got lucky!
A very friendly local cat
decided to accompany us
through the quiet back lanes of
Noyers sur Serein.

She led the way and we followed!
We were all a little sad when the time came
to bid her au revoir
and make our way back to the car.

Noyers is a medieval village with lovely old stone walls.
Some like the one above allow the passerby 
a peep of what lies beyond

while others protect the privacy of the occupants.
I imagined a pretty garden beyond the wall
shaded by trees.
A sanctuary hidden from the outside world!

The exquisite rambling Bourbon rose 'Zephirine Drouhin'

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Thank you all so much for visiting me and
leaving your kind comments!
Wishing you a very happy weekend!

Take care and
be kind to one another
Merci à bientôt



  1. Lovely, lovely photos, Shane!
    Your feline friend had a very interesting, unusual colouring. Apropos of cats, in these days I'm a little bit sorry not have one anymore: it would be so funny to see whether Cat Circles would work in this house. However, when our very dear cat died at the age of 23 years, we decided to honour his memory and not to have a cat anymore.

    Happy weekend to you!

  2. Thanks for the tour, Shane. Have you ever made a quilt of French cottages? Sounds like it would be very pretty.

  3. OOh, a black and orange cat for Halloween! The medieval village looks so pretty, like everything in France...

  4. What a good idea to let your feline friend lead the way for your walk. I am reminded of the saying "Good fences make good neighbors".
    Love the climbing roses.

  5. What a wonderful chance meeting with an incredibly beautiful cat :)

  6. How I love cats that look like that! I would follow, too!

  7. Beautiful shots! The cat reminds me of one of my own kitties, Blackie!

  8. Beautiful shots! The cat reminds me of one of my own kitties, Blackie!

  9. How lovely! I think I would be "snapping" up a storm there, LOL!

  10. Dear Shane - love those beautiful pictures. Who could resist such a sweet kitty. Hope she had a home somewhere. Looks like she eats well. Have a great week-end and thank you so much for sharing this lovely spot.

  11. What a sweet friend ,you got there, dear Shane. And I`m sure there are such beautiful gardens behind the walls and fences lovely and piecefull, it looks there.
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week, take care!!

  12. Your pictures are most interesting this am Shane, I know if I went on this walk with you I'd be climbing the tall fences that didn't want others to peep in. I remember some guests I had about 8 years ago in the Bed and Breakfast and they were there on the Island for a medieval convention, full dress. I was a little shocked but then read up on it to find a lot of others group together in this sort of ceremony.

  13. beautiful Photos Shane!! I do love those very old stone buildings. And what a sweet kitty-nice markings on her (or him)

  14. Hi Shane,
    wonderful pictures and such a beautiful Cat :O)
    HAppy weekend to you and Happy Halloween ;O)
    Love and hugs,

  15. Wonderful photos, Shane. How you must enjoy wandering the French villages when you are there visiting your daughter and her family. Do you just pinch yourself sometimes to make sure it's all real? I would.
    I love secret gardens that I can peer into - which makes them not quite as secret.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Shane.


  16. I always enjoy your photos Shane. What a very pretty village.

  17. wow! just gorgeous walls, blooms and fences! thank you for sharing them!

  18. Love the cat walking along by the fence and also the stone fences and cascading flowers

  19. Thanks for the tour you and Purrrty Cat.

    Nice fences.

  20. I recognize the typical atmosphere in this French village. We have spent many vacations in France! Happy memories..
    Groetjes from Holland,


  21. What beautiful photos Shane, love the cat!

  22. What a charming place you strolled through. The kitty is darling. Absolutely loved all those gorgeous roses spilling over that fence.

  23. That is such a lovely village, Shane. Years ago, my husband and I used to jog around a neighborhood near where we used to live. Every time we passed by this particular house, a golden retriever that lived there would join us on our jog. We would then take him back to his house when were done. It was a very nice ritual.

  24. So nice to have company of that friendly cat on your walk. We were often on holidays in France and liked to have a walk around the vilages. It is remarkable that gardens are mostly protected by walls or fences, so that we almost cannot see what lies beyond.
    You made some beautiful shots.

  25. Looking at your photographs, I could well imagine that I was taking the walk along with you with that little local kitty leading the way.


  26. Awwww the kitty is so pretty and I love the stone wall/fence. lovely images Shane.

  27. Dearest Shane,
    Love those French countryside images of romance and mystery...

  28. Such beauty and mystery, Shane - yes, it would be so lovely to see behind the wall, but we will be very happy to enjoy these beautiful photos and sweet kitty, too. Have a lovely weekend! Hugs xo Karen

  29. Gorgeous photos of the village Shane - oh & an adorable looking cat making friends with you. Would just love to visit a french village someday, my son tells me I would think I was in heaven. Have a lovely weekend x0x

  30. Hi dear Shane,
    thanks so much for the tour - and the shout out:) Good luck to you.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  31. The cat's color is very beautiful. Black and orange, just like halloween.
    Stone fences are beautiful. It also makes me imagine what a beautiful garden they have inside that fence.

  32. It would be lovely to see behind the walls and fences and hedges to see the gardens beyond wouldn't it. xx

  33. Hello, Dearest Shane; How wonderful to have a stroll in that BEAUTIFUL medieval village♪♪♪ I smiled to read you said that 'a little sad when the time came
    to bid her au revoir' I'd LOVE the sweet company♡♡♡

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  34. Hello Shane, what a pretty tour of the village.. And the kitty has such pretty colors..sweet company for you. Lovely images, thanks for sharing your post and kitty with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

  35. Lovely images especially the gorgeous Rose.

  36. An enchanting village world. And the little cat has such a gorgeous coat.

  37. Wonderful photos, of the pretty cat and beautiful gardens and flowers.

  38. I loved the last shot too, so very pretty!

  39. Sigh, beautiful France... Great photos Shane of this beautiful village with the gorgeous flower wall! And love the cat story. I always love it when cats are accompanying us on the road. Wishing you a happy weekend and sending you hugs

  40. ♥Hello my friend! so many beautiful photos! Happy Weekend! xxx Riitta♥

  41. Great photos, and the cat looks A LOT like our "Tiger Lily." We had her for 20 years. That village is beautiful. I wish we had places like that around here.

  42. Oh Shane...
    You embarrass me with your kind words... I have been so unfaithful... I have you on my bloglist, so I have not lost "touch" with you.. But I have become so lazy in commenting... My time is filled with family, home and gardening... I am always happy, though, to find your posts and all those pictures and traces of France (where I had just been for October holidays...)
    Tell me, when you come to Europe again, maybe there is a chance to meet somehow...
    Hugs from Manu

  43. How lovely to follow a cat through this village with beautiful walls and gardens to peak into. The rose is absolutely gorgeous!

  44. A lovely post Shane! It has been worth your while to keep your camera at the ready as you've captured some great shots. I too like to tote my camera wherever I go.
    I have the very same pink tea cup that you feature in your previous post! What a fun idea - the tea cup/mug exchange!

  45. What a charming stroll with you through the medaevil village with the stone walls and secret gardens. My grandkitty has the same colors in her coat. I have the rose Zephirine Drouhin, she is the queen of my garden, but doesn't have as big a trellis to climb on. She is a wonderful rose, and thornless too! Thanks for the tour.

  46. Your walk through the village sounds so peaceful. Glad you enjoyed a little quiet time on a beautiful afternoon. Take care, Shane.

  47. Thank you for taking us along on your lovely walk, Shane. Great shots.
    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos, hope to see your work there again this week!



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