Now what? Life in rural Ariege

Burblings about adjusting to life in the deep south west of France or "la France profonde" as they call it here and the challenges of restoring a ramshackle collection of tumbledown buildings. I mainly write about local festivals, events and celebrations and, most of all, the weekly ritual of combing vide greniers and brocantes for pre-loved vintage treasures.

11 November 2012

Remembrance Day

Today at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month les Camonais, the villagers of Camon, assembled in front of the monument des morts to remember those killed fighting for France. Members of the Paras based at nearby Pamiers marched solemnly into position while our Maire read the same statement that was being read out in all communes the length and bredth of France paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A little girl laid a wreath on the monument and after a one minute silence we all adjourned to the salle des fetes for a glass of blanquette de Limoux and canapes.

It has been a busy day in Camon as there was also the annual vide grenier in the cloisters of the Abbaye Chateau. Hardy stallholders braved the persistent drizzle and, of course, I was out early rummaging for stock for Histoires and Couturesse. In many ways it was a disappointing day for me as I only found one item but it is startling appropriate to the date.

This is a wooden sewing kit that was issued to French soldiers during WW1. It was commonly called a honey dipper because of the shape of the 4 thread holders.

The handle unscrews to reveal a stilleto spike, now a little rusty, and the base of the handle also unscrews to reveal 2 original needles.

It is so poignant to be photographing, measuring and listing this item today in Couturesse. I hope it finds a new and appreciative home soon.

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