And was followed up by a magnet du canard (duck breast) cooked to order. It was fabulous and no matter how far we walked yesterday there was no way that we earned this!! But we happily ate it none the less:)
We came upon a sheep sign which I thought was unusual as it’s generally cattle warnings on the roads. I snapped a photo to send to Erin (possible cows) and walked on in search of the sunrise.
We thought this beauty was shaped by the diverging light rays into the shape of a scallop shell. Suits our needs.
It’s even a bit more memorable with a cow:)
Today was a hilly walk along lovely trails and back country lanes.
It was a nice place to just let the mind wander where it would.
We walked through an area of fairly heavy forestry as we’ve been doing the past couple of days, and it sure felt like walking at home. Lots of pine and reforestation, though in very straight lines for harvesting purposes.
At the top of a hill a Jeep pulled out and to our surprise it had followers!
Lots of them!
They’d been trained to follow the Jeep and we knew to stand still on the spot as they have a tendency to follow whatever moves. Several moved in our direction, but eventually they all played follow the leader!
On we went...
Water pump, quite common around here, but this one was out of order.
And then we were Anglès. Getting food here can be a problem, and with that in mind, our host this morning kindly allowed us to use the ham and bread from breakfast to make some simple sandwiches. We carried away a yogurt each, so we were well equipped. Arriving in town, we found the small grocery about to close, but we were able to gather some beautiful cheese and a drink to add to our lunch. As both restaurants in town were closed on Tuesday, we helped ourselves to the patio furniture and had a nice lunch.
It’s a pretty France village with the usual items, a 14thC church, bar, gîte and speciality food stores.
Annemarie explained to our host last night that we had no place to eat, and he calmly offered his wife’s kitchen to us. Brave we thought.
We are looking forward to connecting with the weary travellers, so we’d best get on with that now. A nice poem from Annemarie today.
Ever Changing Terrain
We begin each day of this journey in anticipation
And I confess, at times we begin with trepidation
We have looked ahead to gain some idea of what is in store for us
But the actuality will be what it will be, it was ever thus
Most days are filled with climbs and descents
It’s how much is up and how much down that the plan sometimes misrepresents
The rocky path with the barely discernible trail around the next turn
Not anticipated, we were distracted by the beautiful green ferns
The steep climb leading to the next road
For a moment our pace was considerably slowed
The sun shining, creating patterns in the clouds
It is peaceful here, there are no crowds
The road that climbs steadily upward
The cafe at the top is our reward
The villages closed when we arrive
We’ve planned ahead, we will thrive
Little adjustments required along the way
To address whatever we might encounter on any given day