Thursday, March 20, 2008

Room with a view

It's probably been quite some time since anybody checked out the view from this window. But someone who went up there now -- and you know how much I'd love to -- would be able to gaze down on this courtyard:

Astute observers will recognize the strange, run-down garden that I featured in my last Wordless Wednesday.

One can find plenty of similar sites in the South of France, but what especially intrigues me about this funny little yard is that it's right smack in the town center of Rodez...and clearly visible from a pedestrian street.

Yes, Rianna, those are probably rabbit coops in the back -- years ago, someone perked them up with a coat of Provençal blue paint, which actually isn't typical of Aveyron.

On the left, you can see what likely used to be "the facilities" -- as late as 1993, friends talked to me about homes that still had their "WC" outside the house, and I'm sure there are still plenty in the countryside all over France.

It's another funky little corner of Rodez that I'm sure will be gone one of these days.


tut-tut said...

Thanks to you, though, there will be photographic record of these corners . . .

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

If only it wouldn't disappear...if only someone would take it back to its glory.

Tanya said...

So interesting and yes, I recalled that blue right away!

Tinsie said...

Very interesting indeed.

OK, I know this is strange, but I actually quite like outside bathrooms. They have a certain charm :-)

On second thought, maybe they're not so good in winter time. Ahem.

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

betty, as soon as the weather clears a bit, I'll do an "As Is" of our backyard in Graulhet. We moved in a few months ago and found it in its present condition, have plans to make it more...congenial, shall we say?

(the word verification looks like an abbreviated Rip Van Winkle; rikpnkle)