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Do you like pootling?

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Greatnan Tue 16-Apr-13 18:28:08

By which I mean sauntering round a new town or village, just looking!
Today I found a little village in France which is not famous or touristy, but you entered under an arch that was part of the ramparts, and the main street was lined with lovely Belle Epoch houses, very tall, with high windows, shutters, and little Juliet balconies in wrought iron. There was no shop, just a good-looking restaurant, a mairie and a post office. The church seemed small from the front, but when I got round the back I realised it was built on the very edge of a ravine, and the rear of the building plunged down about 100'. I spent a happy thirty minutes just wandering up and down.
But, of course, pootling is not real exercise, so I left the village and took a two hour round journey which included a very, very steep climb. This entitles me to a glass of wine with my dinner, and some strawberries and ice cream afterwards. It was so good to be out in the sunshine, even though there was still some snow on the higher peaks.

bookdreamer Tue 16-Apr-13 18:34:48

I love to pootle (what a lovely word and one you don't hear very much now). Your day sounds wonderful.

matson Tue 16-Apr-13 18:37:42

we call it pottering or mooching about, I love a good mooch around new shops and places. x

Grannyknot Tue 16-Apr-13 18:44:01

I love a pootle, it exercises my happiness factor. smile

Ariadne Tue 16-Apr-13 19:01:42

Pooling is definitely one of my favourite things, and Theseus is a good pootler, because he he always knows where he's going!

Marelli Tue 16-Apr-13 19:04:45

Love pootling! There's always something to look at if you take your time in places that are new to you. It's also very important to ensure that when you are pootling around, that if you stare through an antique/bric-a-brac shop window, it really is a shop - and not someone's living room which has a lovely assortment of dusty old jugs on the windowsill blushblush

Eloethan Tue 16-Apr-13 19:05:14

Even more than pottering. My Malaysian friend always says "What exactly is pottering?" and I'm hard pushed to explain.

Greatnan Tue 16-Apr-13 19:15:14

I like the idea that the activity is essentially pointless time wasting! So much of our lives are directed towards reaching goals, it is nice to just be sometimes.

kittylester Tue 16-Apr-13 19:16:29

We not only pootle, we faff too. grin

Giginanna Tue 16-Apr-13 19:30:59

Hi Greatnan, sounds like you have had a wonderful day .Pootling, by the way is absolutely considered to be exercise and much better than a route march; pootling is mind and body exercise! Body pleased and mind relaxed ,which equals rejuvenation!!
I think you probably deserve a second glass of wine ,bearing in mind the steep hill! Cheers.... And enjoy the rest of your break.

LullyDully Tue 16-Apr-13 19:34:22

We love pottering, pootling and faffing. Trouble is we usually have Gch with us and they aren't so keen.

Greatnan Tue 16-Apr-13 19:39:40

Thank you Gigi - I am not actually on holiday - well, no more than I am permanently! I live in France but this month I am house/dog/cat/plants sitting for Juragran, who live in Switzerland, but close to the French border. It means she and her husband can visit their family in England without worrying, as I have done it several times and the pets know me.
It gives me a chance to widen my exploring - there are so many lovely historic towns and pretty villages in the area.

MiceElf Tue 16-Apr-13 20:07:48

I didn't know there was a cat as well. I think you should tell us all about her/him and send pussycat greetings across the mountains to Phoenix' cats.

Giginanna Tue 16-Apr-13 20:11:16

This was my first post on gransnet so I don't know much about it,but just looking around over the last few minutes it sounds like you chose the best name! Loved your jokes! So you are in France! We are heading there on Saturday to Avignon. ... Making a break; ,a magical mystery tour ,to find some sunshine and relinquish the responsibilities, just for a week! So nice to meet you!

numberplease Tue 16-Apr-13 20:38:33

Welcome to GN Giginanna, enjoy your break in Avignon. I`ve wanted to go there ever since we learned the song in junior school!

Galen Tue 16-Apr-13 20:56:12

envy I haven't been to Avignon since I was in my teens! I loved it. I'd love to go again.

annodomini Tue 16-Apr-13 22:03:26

Gigi, enjoy Avignon. I have only been through it when I flew there three years ago and went by TGV two years ago to be picked up by DS and taken to Vaison la Romaine. We didn't have time to explore the city. I thought it looked lovely even from the train.

harrigran Tue 16-Apr-13 22:10:57

Welcome Gigi, you will love Avignon it is wonderful. I have danced on the bridge smile There are some wonderful restaurants especially Christian Etienne.

Greatnan Tue 16-Apr-13 22:28:21

A warm welcome, Gigi - there are a couple of other great-grandmothers on Gransnet, but I got in first with the name!
Yes, Avignon is lovely. I have lived in many different departments of France, plus Monaco and Brussels. I now live in a little ski resort in the French Alps, about 26 kms South of Lake Geneva, and Juragran lives on the Swiss side of the lake.
Pudding is the cat and she likes to sleep on my bed. I love to hear her purring - such a contented sound! Gatsby, the dog, is even older than me in dog years, and she can't walk very far now, so I take her as far as she wants to go every morning, then she just stands still and give me that 'Let's go home' look. Once she has had her walk and her breakfast, I am free to go exploring until the afternoon.
I miss having a cat of my own, but as I live in a second floor flat and travel for about three months of the year, it would not practicable, so I am just a foster-mother to Juragran's pets.

yogagran Tue 16-Apr-13 22:49:59

I liked Avignon and the surrounding area. Never realised that there was so many Roman ruins in the area - quite incredible. I love the Pont du Gard

BTW - we "putter about"

absent Wed 17-Apr-13 08:31:42

Something people often forget to do when pootling is to look up. The roof lines of buildings can be both fascinating and revealing.

Nonu Wed 17-Apr-13 08:32:32

You got there ahead of me Yogagran .

Greatnan Wed 17-Apr-13 11:04:16

I once broke down near Nimes and it was a bank holiday weekend - which means four days closed usually, in France. My insurance company found me an hotel and paid for all my meals and my room. So I pootled around Nimes, a very interesting town, and went to the Pont du Gard when I got my car back.
The whole area is full of history and interest. I nearly settled there, but I find some of the scenery a bit arid. However, I will have a drive down there in Summer - it is only about four hours on the motorway.

FlicketyB Wed 17-Apr-13 15:22:42

We are inveterate pootlers and often decide to just have a day or half day out at a small town we have never visited, lunch and come home. Doing that we have discovered all sorts of useful services and shops. .

We are also car pootlers. The cry in our family is 'that way be quicker but this way be prettier'. We recently spent a full day on a 4 - 5 hour journey to Co Durham, we visited a couple of small towns, 2 churches and chanced on a really nice pub for lunch. Where was it, I haven't a clue!

Greatnan Wed 17-Apr-13 15:46:18

I have found getting lost is a great way to get to know an area! Sometimes I don't use a map but just follow my nose up promising looking little lanes. They often end up in a farmyard and there is always an old lady sitting outside the door shelling peas. I just give her a friendly wave and execute one of my legendary 30-point turns. There are often dogs barking and geese flapping about.
My ex husband always went from A to B - very boring!