Since the start of this year, we seem to have had more gray or rainy days than sunny days – at least it feels that way to me! That said, we had very little rain last fall, so the rain we have had since the beginning of the year is somewhat reducing the rainfall deficit, which can only be a good thing for our area! Another side effect of the rain is that the spring flowers should be absolutely spectacular this year!
When the sun came out last week, I met up on Friday with a couple of friends for a two and a half hour hike. We met in Agel, in the car park behind the church. A signpost pointed across the river to ‘Le Pech’, the hill we were going to climb. There was a marked walk on Le Pech many years ago, but the markings are no longer maintained, so we relied on the knowledge of one of our fellow walkers to guide us.
There were wonderful views of the village of Agel as we climbed the hill:
We walked past beautifully maintained olive groves:
And we came to the ruins of the chapel of Saint Symphorien:
On we walked through dense pine forests, inhaling the wonderful scents from the pine trees and the rosemary bushes. We walked past vineyards, the vines neatly pruned and the ground carpeted with flowering wild rocket (arugula).
We came to a bit of landscape that looked as though it might belong somewhere else – Arizona or Utah, perhaps?
We walked past enormous bushes of flowering gorse, interspersed with some rosemary, also in flower, which diffused a wonderful scent.
Before long we came upon these strange looking mounds – made by ants?
And then the village of Agel came into view again – we were on the home straight!
As we got closer to the village, we came across a field that was sprinkled with anemones – such beautiful and cheerful colours!
Here is another view of the village from across the river:
And then we were back where we started. I’d packed some banana bread and a thermos flask with tea, so had a well earned picnic before I left my friends and headed back to Saint-Chinian again.
There’ll be more spring flowers and walks soon!! Have you been out walking lately?