Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The ravine

This photo is from last Saturday. Since then, the work crew has done a little more smoothing and several dump truck loads of "clean" dirt have been added to the bottom of the ravine. And that pile of tree branches visible in the lower right corner has been burned.

This ravine/stream bed isn't named. At least I've never heard a name for it.

At the far end of the ravine, another stream bed joins this one and runs off to the right down toward the river. I'm amazed at how deep these ravines are. Some of them, like the one just south of our hamlet, are named. In that case, it's la rouère de l'aulne (the alder ravine). The word rouère is a regional word for "ravine" or "intermittent stream," as far as I can tell (Wiktionnaire).


  1. I had no idea the ravine was that deep.

  2. Haaaaa! My eyes aren't quite awake yet, I guess... I saw your translation as, the OLDER ravine, and I thought, "Ah, I know I've seen the word aulne before, but I never realized it was a way to say,older!" So, I looked it up in WordReference, to see how it's used... ha! Alder! And, you wrote Alder! Haaaaa!

  3. Now I know more about ravines- all that water needs to go somewhere. We don't want any grape vine roots to rot.

  4. mitch, they're surprisingly deep.

    judy, that makes me wonder: what are aldermen made of? ;)

    evelyn, more than you wanted to know, I'm sure! LOL

  5. Evelyn is a good name for a ravine.


Tell me what you think!