Friday, March 29, 2019

Old lace

Le Puy-en-Velay is famous for three products: la lentille verte (green lentils), la verveine (verbena liqueur), and la dentelle (lace). The city's situation as a major stop on the pilgrimage route(s) to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle helped to spread its reputation and products around France and the rest of Europe.

A lace shop in the center of Le Puy. Looks like they've had a problem with the door.

I got some major (for me) work done in the back yard on Thursday. One section of the "lawn" grows thick and fast in the spring. It had to be cut. But first I had to pick up winter's fallen branches and twigs. Then I had to change the oil in the lawnmower. And finally, I had to wait for the morning dew to dry up. But I got it done and now the grass looks better and will be easier to cut when I get to the rest of the lawn.

5 comments:

  1. Oh, yes! I remember that about Le Puy en Velay... hearing that it was a lace center. In fact, when we were there, we were able to watch some elderly women making lace. It's so incredibly intricate.
    Good job on the yard work! It has to be very satisfying.

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  2. Another beautiful photo. The only part of your chores I would enjoy would be the picking up of branches and twigs!

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  3. I have fond memories of Le Puy. We camped there many, many years ago, on one of our motorcycle tours of France. I remember having a good dinner in town somewhere.

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  4. I was wondering if someone was going to mention those lentils. Even TJs has lentils from Le Puy.

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  5. judy, good memory!

    mitch, there are more. Wanna come north?

    jean, I'll bet the place has a very different feel in summer. We got the winter view.

    chris, and we get lentils from our region, le Berry, as well.

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