Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Le Bassin de St. Ferreol

We had another quiet day today, not at all unwelcome. Each of my travelling companions has felt slightly unwell at different times yesterday and today, we have been hoping to ward off any germs by loading up on large amounts of Vitamin C, drinking plenty of fluids and getting lots of rest.

There was a bit of a mist falling several times during the day and the forecast suggested we might be in for some severe storms but it didn't happen. Nevertheless, we stayed close to home with periodic forays out into the world - a trip to Revel just before lunch in order to visit the soap shop for gift purchases and stock up on delectable items at the bakery, a walk to the Durfort town square to check out the leather and copper stores that we had not yet visited and for me, a walk after dinner to enjoy the last of the day now that the air was fresh, the rain cleared away and the sun was setting behind the mountains.

On the way home from Revel, we took a different road just to be adventurous and ended up at the Bassin de St. Ferreol, a nearby lake that is only a 5 minute drive from where we are staying. (You can read the technical details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassin_de_Saint-Ferr%C3%A9ol). Normally, on a sunny day, this is a busy spot but today, in the mist, the beach was totally deserted but quite peaceful and lovely.

I was wishing we could visit this chateau across the water (which you can just barely see through the mist) to see what their view might be like, I expect it is quite something to be overlooking the lake.

On my walk tonight, I passed a sheep, or as they called them here in France, le mouton. His black face made him difficult to see in the fading light and for a while, he was too busy chewing on the grass to show me more than his woolly butt but eventually I convinced him to pose for the camera.

Another early night tonight as we prepare to be busy again tomorrow.

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