Well here we are, mid-October and it is 26c. Much needed rains have fallen for the first half of this month and everywhere looks refreshed and invigorated. The weeds are making up for the heatwaves of summer and the grass is requiring an almost twice-weekly cut! It has remained very mild and to be honest, other than the darker, shorter days, it is all very bearble. The last 3 days have been wonderfully warm again with clear blue skies and almost summer temps. In fact our minimum teperature last night was 18c and I am so pleased I didn’t pull out the warmer duvet!
As my neighbours keep telling me, “Il faut profiter” – Take advantage! I don’t need to be told twice and I did just that this afternoon with a short drive to Sompt, a small village about 20 mins from home. The main attraction for me was a walking trail that is nearby, and as you can guess, Maggie was in her element having new territory and a plethora of smells to explore and investigate. We only did a short section but it forms a 10km round trip. We’ll be doing the whole circuit someday I am sure.
The old ‘lavoirs’
Following the path through the trees you come to La Barbette – a small picnic area and the site of an old mill that pressed walnuts for oil
The Barbette Mill
I have to say that it was absolutely idyllic walking along the river bank, shaded from the heat and the only sounds were the numerous birds and the water tinkling over the stones. Oh, Maggie was also rustling through the leaves, but she is a very quiet walker 🙂 It beats mowing the grass!
I love those old lavoirs that you find all over France. Such tales they could tell. And you mention walnuts. How I used to enjoy staggering back under the weight of my haul at this time of year – chestnuts too. Good times.
Oh, if the lavoirs could talk what amazing stories we’d hear I’m sure 🙂 Yes, walnut season and they seem to be even more plentiful this year. Yummmm