Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The lazy Cher

The river looks sleepy this time of year. It's moderately full, but still slow-moving. At Saint-Aignan it splits around an island; the northern branch flows over a spillway and the southern branch is dammed to make a small reservoir for a mill that used to stand on the bridge. The mill is long gone.

The Cher at St.-Aignan, looking downriver. The spillway is just visible on the upper right.

I took this picture at the foot of the rue Maurice Berteaux which runs along what was, in medieval times, a large drainage ditch around the town. This is the point at which the ditch emptied into the river. And I'm sure the storm drains that replaced the ditch when the road was built still empty into the river at this spot. You can kind of see where that happens under the stone wall on the left side.


  1. Better the river be damned than you.
    I love your stories and lessons. I want to be like you when I grow up. Except I won't be wearing Land's End if I move to France.
    Your Friend, m.

  2. We have snow forecast for Friday afternoon, too.

    I sincerely hope they're wrong.

  3. Great pic. It almost looks, the river, the town, almost like it's not freezing. BTW; are either of you old enough for US social security?

  4. mark, I had to double check to make sure I didn't spell that wrong. ;)

    jean, I think it's unlikely here. The higher elevations to the east will see some.

    starman, Ken will be soon. I'm not.

  5. Thanks for sharing the article. I was really wondering and i get here and get amazed by the article. Hope that we will get more ahead.


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