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The road leading down to the picturesque
Chapel of La Souhaitier by the River Rance estuary in Cote d'Armor
was lined with creatively designed Scarecrows (Epouventails) during
the summer months. Most carried an umbrella giving an
indication of this summer's metrological conditions!
Known locally as "Les Félipous" meaning
fais-lui peur in Gallo, the scarecrows are placed there by the
inhabitants of the Plouër-sur-Rance area in France in order to
promote friendliness and community spirit.
The scarecrows have been exhibited
during the summer for some years. The original idea was to
encourage neighbours to get to know each other better.
At the end of August, the scarecrows are
wheeled down the hill on wheel barrows and burned on a bonfire by
the estuary. The community then celebrate with a
picnic on the slipway going down to the river.
Here are some of the creations from