There have been several new country cycle routes and walks signposted in our area, and I have been doing parts of route no. 3 on my bike. The motivations are several: a desire to keep fit, curiosity as to where they go, and to check out the accuracy of the signage. There is an added benefit in that the route takes me to attractive and out-of-the-way places that I would not see in the normal run of events.
Today's route was typical. I went to the village of Chammes (the farthest point from my place) via the shortest road route, and joined cycle path 3 to get back home. So it was, when I got to the village of St. Jean sur Erve, instead of following the main road past the front of the church as I normally would, I took the signposted path around the back.
There I saw something that just strikes one as wrong. That is, a smouldering hole in a garage door. So I got off the bike, knocked on the nearest door: "Sorry to trouble you, but...." Buckets of water were fetched, and, it being impossible to open the doors for the time being, I reached in and used my water bottle to squirt water on the inside that we couldn't get to.
I was wondering how a fire like that starts low down in a garage door. Someone told me that the council weed eradicators had been around that day with their weed burner. Oops.