Our not-so-silent spring

Our home in Daglan stands at Place de la Fontaine, or the Place of the Spring. La fontaine is a natural spring, but not a terribly impressive one. Normally it has barely enough water bubbling up from the earth to create a slight ripple on the surface; then the water flows out the back of the concrete structure holding it, and makes its way towards the Céou River.

But the story this year so far has been rain — and while the Dordogne (Daglan’s département) hasn’t been hit as hard as the U.K. and areas of France farther south and west of us, we’ve had more than our share. No serious flooding here, but the rivers are about as full as they can get without overflowing their banks.

The rain has even affected our spring. Although I’m not sure about the science, I suspect that some of the the water pouring down onto the limestone hills around us makes its way underground and then comes back up again at our spring. The result is that our normally silent spring now makes the somewhat musical sound of gushing water.

Here’s a look at the spring this evening (at about six p.m., which shows you that our days now are definitely getting longer):

Here's la fontaine from the front.

Here’s la fontaine from the front.

And here’s a view of the back of the spring, showing the water tumbling out and then spreading out into a bit of a pond as it heads for the Céou, a tributary of the mighty Dordogne River:

The water is pouring out the back of the fountain.

The water is pouring out the back of the fountain.

By the look of things, I think we can expect a very green spring this year. Oh, and the weather forecast? More rain to come over the next several days.

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5 Responses to Our not-so-silent spring

  1. Sam Hershfield says:

    Beautiful shot of the Bassin Public (Daglan’s public laundry). Think of how much Jan will save on electricity now that she doesn’t have to run your washer.

    • loren24250 says:

      We could save a small fortune. Funnily enough, our house (when we bought it in 2004) had a lovely wrought iron sign on the front, saying “Les Lavandières” — that is, “The Washerwomen.” Unfunnily enough, the Parisian couple from whom we bought the house took the sign with them. With lots of other stuff. Apparently, this is French tradition. In North America, we would call it stripping the house. Or theft. But not here.

  2. Doug Curson says:

    Glad to see your blog back again.

    Doug

  3. Lesley says:

    Our well is full of water and very nearly at the top of it’s concrete column, we are living on one of the hills 70m above the Dordogne river. Wet wet wet!

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