Each year artists are invited to show their work in this space called TEM in Goviller. In 2015, 24 of them have accepted to come during the summer. The exhibition is called EnCore et en coRps (again and in bodies).
As Babayaga, the knitted trailer (see my former article), was in front of TEM, we decided to visit the big farm again. We enjoyed it two years ago, didn't go last year, so we were pleased to see all the work of these artists, most were new ones, I think.
The exhibition was darker (compared to 2013), less bright colours, perhaps because of the subject. There were a lot of links to wars, death. We liked the work but the atmosphere was a bit "heavy", and it was very hot outside and this didn't help, even if the house is old, it was warm inside.
It was worth the trip anyway. These artists did a good job.
Babayaga was the idea of Sidonie Hollard. The artist has found a way to attract people and the Vosges département has agreed with this project.
In 2013, 440 people knitted pieces of wool, using 3720 balls, to cover a second-hand trailer. It was the first part of the project, people working together to create something new.
And the new vehicle was called Babayaga.
Then Babayaga travelled from village to village to give information about the Vosges département, its council and to do social action.
We saw Babayaga in Goviller (Meurthe-et-Moselle) two weeks ago. It is... unusual, a bit funny with all these bright colours, I think. For sure, you can't miss it when you see it.
After a meal in Lunéville, we decided to have a tour in the country and enjoy travelling through small villages.
I think I had never stopped in Bathelémont, if I had ever been there. We were driving slowly and arrived near the end of the village when we saw the flags : American, European, French and of Lorraine. An American flag in a small French village is not very common. So we stopped and read the notes on and near the monument.
This monument is dedicated to the first three American soldiers who fell on French soil during WW1. They were killed on November 3rd, 1917, near Bathelémont.
They were called J.B. Gresham buried in Evansville, M.D. Hay buried in Pittsburgh and T.F. Enright buried in Glidden, all belonging to the 16th Infantry Regiment.
The first monument was designed by Louis Majorelle, made by Auguste Vautrin in November 1918 in the village. But it was dynamited by the Germans in 1940 and another monument was built in 1955 and fixed at the end of the village.
The notes near this new monument also say "on October 23rd (1917) the first artillery shot of the American Expeditionary Corps was fired from this village... The cartridge was reputedly sent to the While House in Washington."
A small place but a big history.
It was so hot near Nancy a few weeks ago that it was a relief to go to the mountains. We stopped in Réhaupal to meet our cousins, then went to Gérardmer and ended up on the Route des Crêtes.
There it was hardly cooler, I should say it was "less hot". But, in spite of the temperature, it was pleasant. It was greener than down in the valley, peaceful and relaxing.
We walked to an auberge, an inn where people were having a drink after a tour around, a place to look at the mountains trying to recognize them.
When we walked near these cows, we looked for some Vosgian ones. They are different, black colour on the body but smaller and more numerous black spots near and on the head. There is one standing but it definitely refused to face my camera ! (I will try to find others during another trip in the Vosges.)
It is beautiful, isn't it ?This area, not far from Le Hohneck, is always worth going, in any season.
It rained on June 23rd in Lorraine, then... nothing. Temperatures started going up, and it was hotter and hotter. The whole region was concerned even the Vosges mountains.
On July 4th, the record of temperature of a day in July was broken in Nancy : 37.8 °C (100.04°F).
We were living as Spanish people very often do, when it was possible. Shutters were closed in day time and windows opened at night. There was not one fan or machine giving air and/or coolness left in shops. We avoided all the trips outside which were not necessary and tried to find air conditioned places.
Temperatures were a bit better after July 14th but still high. And fires started in fields where farmers were harvesting barley and wheat. The machines were too hot and set fire to straw. We read a lot about these in the local paper.
A few places had short showers from time to time. Near Nancy it suddenly changed last Friday night, on July 24th. From 32°C (89.6°F) at 7 pm, the temperature went down to... 17°C (62.6°F) the following day ! And it rained.
Today it is grey, windy, cool. We sleep better but, of course, we would like the sun to come back. The typical attitude when facing the weather changes, isn't it ?