This past week has been somewhat mixed – our confinement will be ending soon, since Saint-Chinian is in one of France’s green zones where there have been few cases of the virus. However, this does not mean that our lives will go back to normal – far from it! Many restrictions will remain in place, and we’re a long way from being out of the woods!
So, since I cannot be close to any of you I went for another walk with my camera, to be close to nature instead! Below is a map of my walk – it started by the cooperative winery in Saint-Chinian. I wore my sturdy shoes since a part of it was on slightly uneven terrain! Only a short length of it was somewhat challenging, where the path went uphill, but for the rest it was pretty easy and very enjoyable!
I started the walk by going along the Chemin des Gazels, passing the cemetery and then took a right turn, just past the former distillery, to join up with the Chemin de Sorteilho. After about 750m on the Chemin de Sorteilho, I turned right onto a somewhat overgrown track. This track is not marked on any of the maps, but the hut it goes past is marked with a little black speck on the map! At the top of the track I turned right once again and followed the path back towards the cooperative winery. The walk was about 2.5 km in length – easy!!
We’ve had wonderful weather over the past weeks, plenty of sunshine, but enough rain to keep nature happy! The wildflowers I saw along my walk were beautiful and here are a few of the pictures I took:
The hut I walked past during the uphill part of my walk had been abandoned some years ago. The door was missing, and the inside was strewn with all kinds of rubbish. The roof was still intact and from one of the beams hung an enormous wasps nest!! It was very well preserved, so might have been built only last year? I would never have been able to go anywhere near it if it had still been occupied!!
Just before I reached the first of the ponds which are by the side of the path, I noticed the mushrooms in the pictures below. They were incredibly well camouflaged amongst the rocks! What a shame that they were not truffles!! 🙂
I leave you with a video of Karen Carpenter singing Close to you…