Tuesday, 3 July 2012

What's With The Green Roof?





I've somehow always associated 'green' roofs as something to be found in more urban spaces. In fact it always struck me that they were often the preserve of the public sector or wealthy corporations, certainly not the sort of thing I'd expect to come across in a village such as Belvès, pictured above. I just didn't think that it would be something to persue here in the rural Perigord, perhaps not yet....


You can imagine my suprise when Karin, our local Vet, who has just moved into a new building tells me to check out the green roof.


Voila, who'd have thought, beautiful Belvès complete with a Toit Vert.

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    1. Hi Phillip. One thing's for sure, sedum can exist on practically nothing.

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  2. I am surprised, I have never seen one here in France. Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, I know they are about but I didn't expect to find one deep in the Perigord.

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  3. That's great! Lovely village scenes.

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    1. Freda, Belves is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France,

      http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en

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    2. Wonderful! I have that website bookmarked from when we were in Provence/Luberon last year.

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    3. thanks Rob for exploring Belvès village and giving some useful insights.

      - Herman Swan

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  4. I wonder if you will ever see some of her patients on the roof, : )

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  5. Don't tell them that Belves is lovely, they'll all want to come :-)

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    1. Too late, this is becoming a badly kept secret!

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  6. Great pics of Belvès.
    I miss the place. I wish I could go back soon (I can't right now)

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    1. Thanks David. Hope you get back there some time.

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  7. What a beautiful village Rob and a fine green roof. I was racking my brains in vain trying to recall the French word for roof last week. We came across some beautiful thatched cottages in Normandy with roofs that had plants growing along their ridges. I was most taken with them :)

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    1. Belves is indeed beautiful. I'll try and search some images of those Norman roofs.

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  8. That's wonderful! Look at the french being progressive ;) On my way there in a week and I can't wait! BTW your photos are lovely.

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  9. Great pictures - we had some self-sown sedums on our extension roof - which I was really pleased with until my husband scraped them all off when I wasn't looking - upset isn't the word!

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