Monday, 16 May 2016

On The Wild Side



Today we rode out towards Besse, a pretty French village with a historic church dating from the 11th century.  The church has a beautifully carved porch illustrating the Redemption. 




This is one of my favourite rides following the valley bottom through quiet and secluded countryside; everything is so green and lush at this time of year. After yesterday’s absence of any wildlife we were rewarded by the sight of a most handsome fox peering at us through the long grass.  He stared at us for a few seconds before running off and disappearing into the woods.  A few yards further on we came across a young deer, he too bounded off across the meadow.


All the local wildlife seemed to be out enjoying the morning sunshine, another green woodpecker, a buzzard sweeping up in front of us, Mr and Mrs Duck out for a walk, another deer casually crossing the road ahead.




Finally, as I was huffing and puffing up the hill to our bastide town, I was noisily overtaken by a Chapter of the Hell’s Angels (or it might have been the local motorcycle club).  A very eventful cycle ride today.

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4 comments:

  1. It certainly was a good day for it.
    Are you 24, 46 or 47 ?

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    1. 24, about six inches away from the border with 46!

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  2. As I breakfasted this morning, a Red Deer was wandering about in the field in front of us. The first I've seen for several years.

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    1. I don't think I've ever seen a Red Deer out here.

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