Post 2. Raccard

The raccard ( barn ) like the grenier, ( granary ) was built on wooden stilts, topped by large round stones. The pilotis ( stilts ) were usually placed on a masonry basement which had the advantage of providing a solid foundation for the building. The empty space between the basement and the wooden part was used to protect the building and its contents from moisture and rodents.

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The raccard was exclusively used for beating grains. The outdoor balcony was used to store grain sheaves two or three days so they could dry. Then they were placed inside, in what was called le chantier ( the work site ) before beating them in the central area. The raccard was acceded to by a ladder or by stairs.

In the fields surrounding the village several cereals were cultivated. Rye and wheat produced flour which was used to make bread for the whole year. Farmers also sowed other grains. Broad beans also processed into flour, were cultivated for the feeding of calves..

As there were no machines nor any plows to till the land, everything was done by hand. The land was turned using a pick and a shovel. Cereals were sown by hand. A rake was used to bury the seeds.

Just opposite and a little further on the left, there are raccards that have been converted into holiday chalets.

Several barns and stables line the streets of the village.

 

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Continue along the street for about 50 meters to the building indicated by a red sign, and continue down until you reach the ground floor where the old village goat pen is located.