After travelling by plane, train and automobile, a total of 17 hours, we arrived at La ferme d'Annemarie yesterday, October 1. Exhausted but exhilarated.
Dating back to the 19th century, one side of the house is flanked by a typical mâconnais veranda. Stone was used in the construction as it was and still is an abondant resource of the mâcon countryside. The ground floor is reserved for the cellar. The second floor or "maison haute" is made up of a large room with a great hearth and a large adjacent room. At the end of the veranda, stairs lead to the attic.
Without a doubt this house was the home of a "vigneron" or winegrower. His was a simple existence, his only tool a pick used to care for his vineyard. Following the harvest, the grapes would be taken to the local château or the house of the local bourgeois.
|The typical mâconnais veranda.|
|The veranda acted as an outdoor vestibule, |
a kitchen and a place where the lady of the house
loved spending time and chat with the villagers.