Singles is a French little village where I spent my weekends between 3 and 8 years old.
The names are written in French but the map name. Here are the translations and some explanations :
La Forêt cassée : The Broken Forest
In 1999 we had a big storm in France. Many forests have been destroyed and a lot of trees fell on the roads. The village is surrounded by forests so this county kept scars of this time.
Le Vieux Chalet : The Old Chalet
At the entrance of the village there was this old Chalet. As you can imagine in a child imagination this can create a lot of stories !
La Chasse Aux Tétards : The Tadpoles Hunt
In the center of the village, there was a fountain filled by tadpoles. One of our favorite games was to catch some of them, keep them in a bucket and watch them grow.
Le Mont Aux Vers Luisants : The Glowing Worms Mount
I remember laying in the herbs next to the garage watching the sky with my dad, waiting for shooting stars. A family of Glowing worms joined us. In my 7 years old eyes it was magical living beings !
The West road leads to "Le Pays Inconnu" (Nowhere Land). As I never been further in this direction I don't know what's behind.
The East path leads to "Les Bois" (The Woods) where my Dad spent a lot of time watching the birds and the trees.
The South road leads to "La Guinguette" (The Tavern) where we went down to eat Pork on the Spit once a year.
In this part of France there are lot of mountains so the road is doing a lot of laces.
The specific stone from Auvergne is the Volvic Stone that is in a dark grey color. The Church and some houses were made of these.
In the foreground we can see the Puy de Dôme ( ... that is in reality much far away than that place but the city where I spent my weeks was at the foot of this mountain)
I represent a child playing with a kite because it is one of my best memories of this time.
Our country house was separated from the other houses and was quite big in comparison because we had a barn next to the dwelling.
On the left of the habitation I represented the old well, the big tree, the vegetable garden and the rusty swing. It's fun to see how big can be our memory, I have perfect image of all this things !
For the imaginary part I represent legends I heard when I was a child. The ghost of the cimetery, the witch flying over the mountains, the Gevaudan Wolf. I wanted to add more but I didn't want to surcharge the image.
For the Map Name I put some cards, a picture of my dad and a cockchafer. Games, Family and Nature.
I had a lot of fun doing this class ! I learnt a lot of things, thanks a lot Ira Marks !!