Les Guis is a small hamlet in the Monts de la Combraille, the mountains at the northern edge of the department of Puy-de Dôme in the centre of France, in the region known as the Auvergne. The nearest village of any consequence to Les Guis is Pionsat, and the nearest town is either St. Eloy-les-Mines or Commentry.
In days gone by, Les Guis was an extremely large hamlet with a considerable number of houses, and was famous for its weaving and spinning. There's a green lane that passes through here that was fomerly the route taken by pilgrims travelling between the Abbey of Bellaigues and the monastic community of La Cellette. Today, though, the lane is overgrown and the hamlet is mostly derelict.
Although most of the houses have fallen down, there were still a few left standing when I visited here in 1997 with Laurence and her daughter Roxanne. One of them particularly caught my eye for several reasons -
It's here that I'm planning my dream of making my final home, self-sufficient in water and electricity.
You can read about the progress I've been making through the years by navigating through the links on this page.
I'm also taking part in many of the rural activities, and I'm starting a web page with photos of interesting happenings around here, as well as some of the sights (and sites) worth seeing.
Another thing I'm planning on doing will be to have some pages of photos of places further afield, but that might take some time.