My daughter’s visit went way too fast! I was really sorry to see her leave. Not only does Uzerche feel like home to me it also felt so natural to have her here as well.
After spending a few days in Paris we took the train to Uzerche arriving around 7:30pm.
The next morning we had to take care of some business in Uzerche.
Then we explored the town together so Mary could get reoriented; it had been a long time since she had been here. I had also found some areas to explore that she hadn’t seen before.
We had seen Porte Bécharie but earlier during my stay I discovered that it was possible to explore the grounds on the other side of Hôtel de Clédat, the building it’s attached to.
We strolled along the Vézère River across from the Papeterie and enjoyed the serenity of the surroundings.
Then we crossed a pedestrian bridge to have a closer look around the Papeterie complex where a machine that was used when it was in production is on display.
A few days later we wandered another path along the Vézère near the campgrounds and enjoyed a picnic lunch.
Mary had a chance to work in the garden at long last. Something she had been looking forward to. Although I had cleared the ground a few times already the rains had brought forth more weeds and even a few actual garden plants, such as some carrots that had sprouted voluntarily. Rain or threat of rain didn’t permit a lot of gardening time.
We went to the Mairie (city hall) to do some research on my house. (Detailed records are available at the Prefecture in Tulle but that’s on the list for “Next Time”.)
This is what we’ve found out about the house so far: The street was opened in 1733 so all construction there was after that date. The house was present on a cadastral map indicating first construction was between 1780 & 1812 with an addition probably sometime in the 19th century (based upon construction materials).
Not on the record, but based upon what I see of construction materials in the house, the attic and gable were probably the additions; the garage door was most likely put in later.
The white stones in the façade are “Maçonnerie pierres calcaires taillées” or carved limestone masonry but I still don’t know the source.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get an appointment with the French builders that I had hoped would give an estimate on some stone work. So, another task on ever growing “Next Time” list.
Other business took us to Brive la Gaillarde. After lunch we walked around taking in some of the sights.
We spent an afternoon with Jo who joined us for lunch and later she took us to see Vigeois, a neighboring town. As we were walking to see the Vieux Pont a dog started to follow us. We spoke to a man, who had just stepped out of his house, to see if the dog was his and we chatted a bit with him. After a look around it started to rain so we headed back to Jo’s car. When we passed the man’s house he invited us in to take shelter. His wife offered us some tea and we stayed to talk until the rain stopped a short time later. All in all it was a very pleasant afternoon.
There were a few rainy days that Mary and I spent indoors working a jigsaw puzzle or playing backgammon, talking and laughing together. Looking out the window on one of those afternoons we saw the most amazing rainbow. The colors were brilliant and it looked amazingly close.
We frequented the local Boulangerie sampling as many pastries as we could. Usually we each chose one and then shared them. We did this so consistently that when I bought one pastry after Mary left the woman at the bakery said “seulement une?”, only one, when I went to pay for it.
I still miss Mary. I hope she’ll be able to return soon and that my grandson, Derek, will be able to come next time too. Hopefully they’ll be able to stay longer, but even then I know the time will fly by way too quickly.