October 2010

October 2010
October 2010

After a trip back to UK and a house full of visitors we restart work, completing the electrical installation of the large gite, and the “boxing” of the windows in the lounge to reveal their original shape. The ceiling goes up much easier – we are experts now! Walls are painted and the race is on to complete the huge downstairs lounge in time for Christmas. This room will be the dining room and lounge, the centre of activities and we are aiming for a spectacular effect of white walls and ceiling, cream woodwork and oak doors and beams.
The photo (taken from the path up to Tour Madeloc) shows the house below the summit, with Argeles Port, the plaine de Roussillon and the Corbières in the background.
Migration comes to a close. The summer visitors move on, to be replaced by residents moving down from higher altitudes. As the first snows appear on Canigou, the crag martins, rock buntings, and ravens take up residence once more. Passing birds of prey include hen harrier, buzzard and peregrine falcon, while the mournful, low hoot of the eagle owl can again be heard at daybreak and sunset. Towards the end of the month the black redstarts arrive, and for a few weeks every bush is full of them.