We went to Rozelieures on Sunday afternoon. We had spoken about if for a while but had never been there.
The village is situated between Bayon and Baccarat, south of Nancy. It is really in the country. I felt it even more as my Husband chose to drive on small roads. For sure, the way was longer than it should have been, but it was pleasant to go from one hill to another.
When we arrived in Rozelieures we discovered a monument on the side of the main street. What's this ? We hesitated between a chapel and what ? Time to park the car and we walked near it. We discovered one side we couldn't see from the car and which would have given us the clue, a sort of metal wheel was fixed on it.
It is a fountain, simply, but you can't reach the water because of the gates. On the other side of the way which goes near it there is a small building with two basins. As there it is written "not drinking water", I suppose people can use it to water their gardens or wash their cars, or it is just part of the decoration of the place. We liked the barrels with flowers put near the fountain, a good idea to remind people that there are a lof of fruit trees around the village, especially mirabelle trees.
A pleasant village with an unusual fountain and also another place to visit (I'll write an article later about this).
The history of Lorraine is quite long and uneasy as far as borders of the region are concerned.
It didn't belong to France before 1766 but was divided between bishoprics and nobilitiy property.
In some places you can still see stones which used to mark the limits between one territory and an other. In Buissoncourt one of these stones has been now moved near the church. It shows on one side that Buissoncourt belonged to the bishopric of Metz and on the other side that the next village, Haraucourt, belonged to the bishopric of Toul.
After reading a lot of texts about the history of Lorraine I still find it difficult to remember all these borders, especially as it changed regularly.
Now I know about Buissoncourt and Haraucourt belonging to two different bishoprics but I have also read that the ponds between the two villages were part of the Prince de Beauvau property (all fish caught there had to be given to him). So you see things get even more complicated.
But at least we have these stones which make it easy to see and remember. A lot have disappeared, breaking because of the age, being stolen, or simply being buried by centuries and land work.
Lorraine had three bishoprics : Metz, Toul and Verdun. I have read that it is possible to see one stone with the three signs on it as the place was right at the limit of the three areas. If one day I see it, I'll take a photo.
On Tuesday firefighters were called to help people in the village. Local firefighters couldn't cope with so many places to deal with so others came from the nearest barracks to help pump water out, repair roofs, clean houses... They were all volunteer firefighters. In France about 80% of firefighters are volunteers.
In the village a group of firefighters was created around 1900. It was necessary because of fires happening quite often. Blocked chimneys, lightning, open fires caused more problems than nowadays.
Of course there was no engine to help. At the beginning firefighters only had buckets and inhabitants helped them to create a human chain, then they had a pump but buckets were still needed. The pump was pulled by men, or by horses in towns. They were already asked to be quick and efficient. When it became possible uniforms were ordered, thick and heavy and not really good when men had to fight against fire.
What a change after one century !
In France the motto of firefighters is Courage et Dévouement (Courage and Devotion).
Thanks to them.
When weatherforecasts speak about orange warning because of possible local storms with violent wind, heavy rain and hail, we pay attention but not too much. It won't happen here, will it ? Or it won't be that bad.
Yesterday was the same. A bit before five o'clock my Husband told me he would like some rain. I answered we didn't need it if it would damage everything and, at the same time, I noticed the first big drops.
About 15 seconds later we had violent wind, whirlwind, heavy rain and hail. I rushed outside to close the windows of our Younger Son's car but it was already too late, all wet inside. By chance all the house windows were closed to avoid the heat to come inside.
Wind and rain stopped after about 20 minutes and heavy rain started again a few minutes later. We were lucky, only our balcony was flooded, three inches of water (the evacuation holes were blocked, we've never checked them as we've had no problem before yesterday).
In the village, houses were flooded, trees fell down or broke, gardens became ponds.
Today we are still in the orange warning area. The village is calm apart from the noise of chain saws. Some friends are cleaning their houses. Our balcony needs a wash, we bailed it out yesterday evening. Our garden has changed into a dried pond, not good looking.
The sun is back. It is hard to believe a storm happened here less than 24 hours ago.
We really like walking in the park of the castle of Lunéville and we notice all changes of flowers, decorations in the grass or in the fountains.
On the Sunday we listened to Cuban music we discovered the sculptures in the fountains had been moved away. There were two beautiful metal horses there at the end of June, created by Emmanuel Kieffer.
He was a blacksmith for a start as people before him in the family. Then he made his own metal sculptures and went on with his job. After a while he stopped the blacksmith activity to create sculptures only.
Near the fountains there are now small wood cabins where people can discover photos of horses. They were taken during WWI.
Poor horses had a real hard life in the army, in the battles. They were the only way to carry a lot of things without speaking about soldiers riding them to fight..
It is difficult to imagine it after watching on television all the photos and documents of WW2 when horses were not used any more and replaced by machines.
I don't know if I am right but I think the photos were chosen as the 100th anniversary of WW1 is near. It is another way after horses shows to make a link between Lunéville and horses.