This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. The weather is often perfect, as it has been most of this week, and the big crowds of summer are gone, but there is still plenty to do.
For some reason, it seems to be the time of year that JM and I like to do most of our exploring. Last weekend we just had the urge to get in the car and do something fun. We have been watching a programme on Channel 4 called CHATEAU MONTY about a British wine writer who decided to spend a year trying to grow grapes using the Bio Dynamics method (goes beyond organic!!!). For a change, instead of a story following someone in an area far away, we realized that Monty was practically around the corner!
That’s relative, of course, as he is in about 1 hour drive away towards Perpignan, but that’s almost next door as far as mileage; perhaps about 30 miles away. We didn’t expect to find his actual vineyard (we didn’t) but we did find the village and the area. We took some pictures ,which are now up on the website if you want to take a look.
This week we participated in the demonstration to preserve the local créche and yesterday we went to a wonderful concert put on by the Rotary Club of Limoux. We had introduced our friends the Einsteins to our dentist, Pierre Bac, who is also active in the Rotary Club. When Pierre found out that Paul was a concert violinist, it was just an event that had to be! The concert was held in the Musée du Piano, which has one of the largest collections of antique pianos in France, and every seat was taken. The Rotary Club International is on a new mission to wipe out Polio, which has had an unfortunate resurgance in the world, and the money will go to that effort.
Today is also stunningly beautiful. We may be forced to go out again, this time to the Hazelnut Festival in Lavelanet. That’s always dangerous though, because with the stalls selling wonderful local products, we can almost not resist buying more than we need!
Ciao for now.