September/October 2014

September/October 2014
September/October 2014
September/October 2014

Once September arrives we are back to chambre d’hotes and serving meals to walkers. Bookings continue to be made – but we suffer some cancellations too, for illness, a death in the family , flooding in Nimes closing the motorway. A group of kayakers stay for several days – an incongruous sight to see a trailer of kayaks on the coll. October finishes with our daughter Katy taking the refuge to celebrate her husband’s birthday with a group of friends, and two groups of young people doing their Gold Award expeditions. All the systems seem to cope well with the strain, although David knows rather more than he would like about producing compost from toilet waste.

Flocks of swifts, martens and swallows pour past the house for much of these months, including pallid swifts and red rumped swallows. In September we hear the call of the Eagle Owl which had been absent for some time. Some of the calls were quite close. Now he is reaching full fitness David starts the long process of clearing scrub around the house. French law obliges householders to clear the land 50 metres from the house. The grape harvest “vendange” is celebrated in style in Banyuls, and suddenly mushrooms and toadstools appear everywhere.