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Before 1760 there were saltworks in Rosières-aux-Salines. The main well where salted water was pumped is in the middle of the stud farm square.
In 1767 the place became a "royal stud farm" and was closed during the French Revolution, but it was soon replaced by all the people and horses of the French Army of Zweibrücken (Deux-Ponts) which moved to Rosières-aux-Salines. The stud farm worked really well and was extended from 1818.
As Rosières-aux-Salines is near the French border, it meant garrison towns were not far, so plenty of horses to deal with. And a lot of draught horses were used by farmers at this time. But machines replaced them quite quickly after WW1.
The first Anglo-Arab stallion arrived at the stud farm in 1954 ; in 1967, they were 11 and 28 in 1980.
The stud farm square is regularly used for exhibitions and some visits are organized. This year the place celebrates its 250th anniversary.
Each time gardens are open in Lorraine we try to visit new ones. Today we didn't want to go too far and discovered La Cure d'Air Trianon in Malzéville which was especially open for the Rendez-vous aux Jardins 2017.
La Cure d'Air Trianon was created in 1902 by the owner of the pub of Point Central in Nancy. He had noticed people liked walking in the upper part of Nancy on Sundays, so he decided to open a "guinguette" (café and dance-hall).
Unluckily he was not able to pay the builders and La Cure d'Air Trianon was sold in 1909 to a private owner.
Nowadays it is still owned by the same family. The garden shows beautiful roses and fruit trees and also big impressing trees. The place is not very big but really pleasant to have a walk around.
And after the walk in the garden, the former guinguette of La Cure d'Air Trianon is worth a long look. There were 22 stained-glass windows in 1902, 7 can be seen nowadays, 11 are kept to be restored and 4 are lost. They were made by a worker of Daum. They show advertisements for alcohols mainly. The architecture of the building is typical of the beginning of the 20th century.
It was a pleasant visit in a place we didn't know at all (we had never heard about it till this morning). The owners would like to open La Cure d'Air Trianon two week ends each month in the coming years. It would be a very good idea.
After the first book tree I saw in Nancy more than three years ago, I have discovered others during our trips in and around Lorraine.
Book trees can be quite different : made with wood or plastic, outside or inside, made in an old phone box or at the corner of a house...
Till now I had never seen a book tree for children. Varangéville, near Nancy, decided to create a second book tree, for children this time, as the first one was really successful and "has grown so well" as one of a person in charge of it has told me.
So yesterday I went to Le Prieuré where Varangéville has put the two "trees" with a few children's books to put down on the shelves. The book tree for children is lower, painted with white and bright colours. People (adults) were looking for books they read when they were young, children had their own ideas and were looking for pictures or titles before taking the books. One day after this book tree was started, it is already growing well.
May I remind you the idea of the book tree : you put a book down on the shelves and take one, you come back as many times as you want, and it is free.
It is strange how a small holly tree makes us think about Christmas and New Year time. And today, this small tree is really beautiful and ready to start 2017.
Lorraine is cold and foggy but we have had a few sunny days with a splendid blue sky in the last weeks. Frost is everywhere and it is worth taking a few pictures.
It could start snowing on Monday and people of the Vosges moutains would be happy. Here, in the "flat" part of Lorraine we are not so enthusiastic.
Anyway we are all happy to welcome a new year.
I wish you all Bonne Année et Bonne Santé. May 2017 be a really good year. I'll try to be more present in this new year with more articles.
Each year we try to visit at least one place during the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days). So, on Saturday, we went to a garden in Lay-Saint-Christophe called Le Jardin d'Adoué.
This garden was created in the 1990s and is situated on a steep land on the highest part of the village. It is interesting to see how the owners managed to make flower beds, to plant bushes and trees to make a very pleasant area to have a walk around.
Visitors can also buy plants there and, for this special week end, other nurserymen were invited to give advices and to sell their plants.
I am sure the most difficult this year was to keep flowers blooming as our weather has been so changeable. But all was quite green.
I really like the sort of islands standing on the lawn with one tree, one or several bushes and one object (a bench, a statue, a seat...). Everyone can find a favourite.
There is even a pond with ducks and a metal decoration which was really successful.
A lot of people were leaving with pots, we only left with pictures of the flowers we liked a lot and with their names, of course.