Sunday 27th October and it’s another stunning sunny day here in Fayssac, one of the last I fear as next week Meteo, the French weather website, is predicting the temperatures will fall by 10 degrees.Ho hum – well we can’t be greedy. The last month has been absolutely amazing packed full of beautiful sunrises, hot days and cool starry nights – it’s been great to be able to sit in the living room and watch the rose tinted moon come up to a chorus of hoots from Les Chouettes [the owls].
Sunrise on Friday morning
I’m sat at our patio table typing this week’s recap while trying really hard not to be distracted by the view ahead. Will I get complacent about this gorgeous view? Mmm… I really don’t think so: I’m looking forward to seeing it on a really cold frosty day.
The hunters are out in force today – so many gun fire cracks in the distance. They are allowed to hunt on Sunday and Wednesday mornings, so no walkies for the pickle on those mornings. He has to be happy with sniffing his land and chasing the ball in the garden.
Its been a really busy week, Kev’s brother Chris and his girlfriend Iddy have been staying which is great as its motivated us to down tools and do some exploring. Wednesday we visited some local vineyards. First to be slurped were wines from one of our closest – Chateau De LaCroux which is a mere 3 kilometres away. It’s a beautiful little family run winery selling a good selection of wine made from local grape varieties.
We bought half a case of their single variety red which is the first wine bought to start our cellar, Kev was particularly excited by this as he has wanted a wine cellar for years and now will have one, albeit in only a small corner of the stables for the time being.
On our way to the next tasting we stopped off at Chateau De Mauriac which has to be one of the most advertised places around here. You literally can’t go half a kilometre without seeing a sign for it, which is why we have avoided going, as we just assumed it would be very touristy and probably not that impressive. How wrong were we??? its a stunning fairy tale style chateau and yeh in the summer is most probably packed with tourists, but off season it was quiet and glowing on this sunny day. We only poked our noses into the main courtyard and decided to return another day to pay for the guided tour. Wow was all I could say. The courtyard walls were cloaked in Virgina creepers which had turned the most amazing shades of copper and red. An outdoor dance floor was surrounded by sculptures and opera was playing from the balcony. They know how to set a scene.
On our way back to the car I (being the nosey parker I am) wandered around the side of the chateau and noticed a small gate. I peered through to a long bricked staircase leading down to the gardens. I pretended not to see the small sign saying ticket holders only and set off down the brick staircase. Told you I was nosey. I was quickly followed by the others who it seems were as nosey as me.
We were greeted at the bottom by breathtaking views of the countryside and vines, it reminded me of views we see from some of the vineyards we visit in Cape Town.
The back of the Chateau from the garden
The view from the garden
Onwards to Chateau de Salette which we were told about by Lionel over a glass of wine one night at Cafe Joubert. He was going there for dinner with the owners of the wine bar. It’s a beautiful winery with a small 19 bedroom hotel and a Michelin star restaurant.
Chris and Iddy reluctently flew home on Thursday and it was back to toiling the land for us, cutting down trees and burning our ever increasing mound of garden waste.
Today we have invited the Mayor his wife and daughter for drinks and nibbles, so off I go to start preparing them.
Happy Sunday everyone.