21.04.2014 20 °C
As luck would have it, a heavy rain in the night seemed to purge us of the water we were supposed to receive today. This meant that exploration was back on the menu. (woot) I started out with a two hour morning wander, while the town still sparkled from left over rain. Everything shone like a jewel and the smell of fresh was intoxicating. The flowering trees hummed with early morning bee business and the birds seemed particularly cheery and full of song.
A few glimpses of sunshine & sky gave us the courage to plan a nice country walk in the afternoon. Destination: An abandoned chapel up the road called Saint Germain. The walk there was extraordinary. While we had walked this road before, this time the rains had brought the ditches to life with the scent of herbs and many flowers. Mixed in with a new flush of poppies, were large clumps of mint, wild onion, fennel, thyme and too many varieties of wild flowers to even list.
Thanks to fellow photo enthusiast and his wife who we met on the road, we learned how to look for wild asparagus, plus how to prepare and cook them to accentuate their aromatic nature. This charming couple also brought us off the beaten path to walk an old roman road and see an incredible middle ages home made of encyclopedia sized stones fit together in an arc about 20 ft in length x 15 ft wide & 6 ft high at center arc.
Just incredible. It was here that we parted with the lovely Parisians, who were heading to his parents in Siran, and we continued on our way.
With a moody sky above, the afternoon faded into early evening as I arrived back at the Gite to make a Thai Coconut curry for dinner.
(My night to cook)
The look of wild Asparagus & a Tassel Hyacinth singled out from a field of wildflowers.