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Over The Hills & Far Away

Another lovely day in the south of France, it's great waking up to blue skies & sunshine - even though the mayor made his announcements over the Mairie tannoy just after 9am again. At least the village school was closed today - perhaps they open on Saturday mornings instead!

We've had a great drive around Montagne Noire & through the Gorges de la Clamoux...

This area is so dry, which is nice for us - after living for over 7 years in one of the dampest counties in the UK!

In northern France, a lot of the rivers were in spate & fields water-logged, but here - this river bed looks like it dried up a long time ago.

Stunning views from up high.

Approaching one of the mountain villages, Rieussec.

Closer look at Rieussec & another dry river bed.

I think this is Citou, with their village Christmas Tree on the left & their one Christmas Light above the road!

At last a small river & water fall!

More lovely views - stretching as far as the Pyrenees.

Approaching the quirky settlement of Lespinassiere...

Where there are heads in dustbins...

...& letterboxes for stomachs!

January is definitely a perfect time to be here, just no one around.

A Fountain Lavoir - communal laundry washing area, which has a constant stream of fresh water.

Wind turbines in the distance!

Farmers fields around Cabrespine.

"It's 106 miles to Perpignan. We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's (nearly) dark, we're not wearing sunglasses, but we do have dog biscuits - Hit it"

Tomorrow's a special day for a special person & we're going on a special day out...

Bye for now,

Kay, Sime & Hugo xxx

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Karin said…
Hope your special day is all you hope it to be.

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Nettles

Our garden yesterday.
Tall Nettles TALL nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now.
This corner of the farmyard I like most: As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.
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