July 30th, 2007

International Kittens of Mystery

The Murder Stone

Had a very interesting visit lunchtime from a member of the village patrimoine (heritage) committee asking if he could bring a party of fifty people to see our dolmen next month. Not that he actually used the word 'dolmen' - from my spattering of French it sounded much more like murder stone - 'pierre de meutrier' or something similar with a lot of pierres and meutriers in it.

And they're going to clean it up and clear a path to it for us. Excellent! It's currently covered in brambles. So, come late August, I'll post some pictures of our murder stone.

In case anyone is wondering why it's called a murder stone - and I know I am - it's supposed to be because of a local legend. Or maybe far more than a legend. When the estate agent was showing us the property he took us to the dolmen and told us that - according to local history - this was a place where human sacrifices were carried out. People were brought here, placed on the stone roof, their heads placed in that head-shaped depression and...

It was then that I noticed the red tint covering the head-shaped depression in the stone. A very fresh looking red tint. How old was this story? The estate agent peered over for a better look and, being an urban estate agent, decided that now was a very good time to beat a hasty retreat - if not a running-for-your-life screaming-at-the-top-of-your-lungs I-live-in-a-town-not-the-pagan-countryside sort of retreat.

Watch this space for further details. I am determined to get to the bottom of this legend.