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Le Vieux Mas is slightly tricky to photograph because it is on a sloping hillside. So the first picture below (from May 2001 and the one used in Chez Nous), was taken standing on my neighbour's roof. The second is from Easter 2008 and shows our lovely wild cherry, the railings to the new lower terrace and, to the right, behind the quince tree, the clède, originally used for drying chestnuts and now a toolshed and store.
The rear of the house is even harder to photograph. The picture to the left below shows the passage which leads to our front door which is to the left beyond the bridge. The walnut tree provides masses of nuts in the autumn. The (also rather old) picture to the right shows Le Vieux Mas as part of the little hamlet of St Michel de Dèze. Our house is the white one in the centre with the rather larger white old schoolhouse standing behind.
But one of the best features of Le Vieux Mas is its wonderful ever-changing views. A small sample follows. First, the view towards the hill above us on a misty early morning in late April, followed by nearly the same view about a month later with the climbing roses at their best.
And two pictures taken shortly after dawn in July, and early evening the same day.
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