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The unofficial website

The Main Road of Tourteron
Image by Supergites via Flickr

I never expected to find a website about our hometown Tourteron. And to be honest I didn’t. Yet I can tell you that there is one.

I received a friendly email in French from Nathalie Justin who lives right across the fruit market. She is big in town, part of the town’s party commitee and owner / webmistress of letourteronnais.fr. She wrote that she discovered our official Supergites website when she was searching the web for information.

The site about le Tourteonnais (all Tourteron) provides the latest news and a dozen of sweet pictures of the kids parades. Some pages are not finished but a guest book already shows the towns appreciation. And I discovered Tourteron has a weapon with three dragons. The first signs of history…WOW.
Most important she keeps the calendar pretty up to date so you know when the town will organise its brocantes. Funny enough there’s no sight of the Tour de Tourteron which is held the third Saturday in August. Maybe she’s not a fan of les cyclistes or it’s organised by  others. 🙂

The site is a must see .. not only for the news on Tourteron but even more for the culture of French homemade web design. Je l’aime!

The local website

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the French way

Boite aux lettres dans les buches
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The French do have a funny way of working. Most of the time they’re more friendly than the global opinion suggests. And some times not.

We bought the mill in March 2009 from a French doctor who lives 30 kilometers in the nearby city of Rethel. The family used to use the mill only as a summer get-away. Therefore it was not insulated nor decorated. And it had no mailbox.

With the first mail was a handwritten note requesting a mailbox. The previous owner never received any mail at the Ruelle de la Fontaine (Spring Alley). The note, written on the back of a letter, was stuck between the shutters. We thought it was so sweet that we bought a typical French boîte aux lettre the very next day and fixed it at the side of the fence.

When we picked up this weeks mail there was a new and very official letter from the main postoffice in Attigny. With some help of a dictionary we were able to translate the meaning: our brand new mailbox was too far from the public road. With the rain and snow of the past weeks the postman probably got sick and tired of getting his shoes dirty. There’s not much we can do though. The fence IS the official border of our land. The mail box is fixed exactly on that border. We guess they think that the dirt road to the mill is private property. It sure looks like it.

The down side of this story is that we have to write a letter to the postoffice of Attigny to explain the situation:

Cher monsieur Facteur,

Dans votre lettre d’entre vous nous demande de mettre notre boîte aux lettres sur le côté de la voie publique (D30). Nous sommes au regret de vous dire que ce n’est pas possible. Cette pays n’est pas la nôtre. Sur une précédente demande par l’un de vos facteurs, nous avons installé la boîte aux lettres à la frontière officielle de notre pays aussi proche que possible de la clôture.

La route humide et sale, va bientôt être beaucoup mieux après la rénovation de l’usine est terminée. Nous espérons continuer à recevoir du courrier à la Ruelle de la Fontaine.

Merci,

Marco de Boer / Hugo Kalf

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