June/July/August 2014

June/July/August 2014
June/July/August 2014
June/July/August 2014

Refuge Madeloc is closed for most of June for David’s operation. Linda helps to organize an art exhibition, having taken up painting more seriously. To her surprise she sells two paintings. After a month David is back on his feet and the Summer season is under way. July is a mix of chambre d’hôte and weekly lets. A Finnish family faces problems when the 4X4 they have reserved is replaced by the hire company by a classy Mercedes which struggles with ground clearance. We host a barbecue for Vermeille Internationale, an Association for the local international community. Various groups use the refuge for different purposes: a group of Danish trainee sommeliers here to visit the vinyards; a group of five brothers and sisters from one family with their partners; a group of children in local care. In August for the first time we ask a friend to do the weekly changeover so we can take a short break. All goes without a hitch.

It is a mixed Summer in terms of weather, with more cloud cover and showers than usual, but at least the risk of fire is less, and it is better for walkers too. The return migration gets going even at the end of July, and by mid-August the trilling of bee-eaters is common, and black kites are making their way south. It is a record year for several raptor species, with thousands per day seen at some reserves in the Pyrenees.