Before cranes and jackhammers you just built around huge boulders and called it home … I guess!!
I love these ancient little stone houses built around this huge mossy boulder. No doubt part of the boulder forms an internal wall, probably with narrow shelves carved into the surface. On our daily morning walks around our village and over the hills we pass these houses and wonder why did the builder not choose to build the house even two metres further to the left or right! Any suggestions?
The old curtains show the house has been lived in fairly recently and even though there isn’t anyone permanently living there at the moment, the house is not inhabitable by French standards even though I am sure the rules of what is habitable are slightly more relaxed in France than Australia. We have found that planning or building permission is much easier to obtain in France also, than at our local council in Newcastle, Australia. To get our new garage agreed to in France we chatted to the Mairie (village mayor) over a glass of red wine and described what we wished to build and voila… it was approved. Ahh, so easy compared to seven years, much deliberation, professionals engaged to prepare reports, and much finance expended to get building plans approved back in Australia. However, back to building around boulders, I am still puzzled at why the houses needed to be built around the boulder and not just a bit further to the left or right.
Brittany is well known for its many large boulders and mythical boulder groupings. The stones at Carnac are a popular tourist destination with the large boulders rising from the fields. Look at just how many there are in rows upon the field above… more than 3000 individual menhirs in fact. They are arranged in four groups and arrayed in rows stretching across four kilometres.
The Pink Granite Coast is famous for its large pink hued boulders and at the Forest of Huelgoat the astonishing array of rocks and moss-covered boulders look like they are abandoned pieces of furniture or toys of giants. The tallest of standing stones is at Plouarzel with the menhir de Kerloas standing 10
metres tall. This is one of the highest in France, while the menhir Men Marz in Brignogan at 8.5 metres, is one of the tallest in Brittany. Brittany really does abound with menhirs and megalithic sites… the stuff of legends and myths…
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