Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Picnic



Blue sky and sunshine this morning so after breakfast we cycled to Cazals, another medieval bastide town.  We didn't see any peacocks today, just a deer trotting across the road followed by two young fawns.




Cazals is an attractive place with a large market square and a lake where you can fish, swim or hire a pedalo. We stopped by the lakeside for a small picnic.  I love a proper picnic.  Picnic blanket and cushions with a hamper packed with quiche, cheese, ham, bread, fruit,etc.  Not forgetting a bottle of wine or two.  Of course that’s not possible when you are travelling by bicycle.  So we sat on a bench and ate dried prunes and a banana. 


“An excellent source of energy,” I was told, “they will get you up that hill in no time.” 

It had been a fairly easy ride into Cazals but there was a long, steep climb on the return journey.  It was a relief to ride back through the shady woods to get some respite from the hot sun and for once there were no flies.  The prunes worked a treat.


19 comments:

  1. Bananas appear to do it for pro tennis players but it's a bit further along the line that prunes work a treat for us.
    I've just set up the first electric fan of the year.

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    1. I love this heat, storms though forecast for tomorrow.

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  2. Like you i like so much "big" picnic, and sometimes we do it here,when we ride our cars to our small forests here.

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    1. It's a lovely thing to do, especially with the family.

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  3. I am envious of your ability to enjoy doing nothing and I mean that sincerely.

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    1. It comes quite naturally to me. I'm not sure if I'm a sloth or a hedonist.

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  4. The only time I go to Cazals is for the big 'troc' in the Summer, and never by bike. I rely on petrol.

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    1. Yes, well somehow I couldn't imagine you pedalo-ing round the lake!

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  5. This is why I went for a bike with a basket, I love putting all my picnic goodies in there. Only trouble is that you end up drooling over it the whole way there hehe x

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  6. Looks wonderful and serene. Picnics are always nice, especially out in the sunny weather. Greetings!

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    1. It was very quiet and peaceful there yesterday morning.

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  7. Any picnic is nice if the weather is good.

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    1. It was more of a snack than a picnic. Just wishful thinking on my part.

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  8. Doing nothing is my favourite indulgence especially when the weather is good you know :-)
    A snacking in the outdoors always makes me want to eat more too.

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    1. Food always tastes better outdoors.

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  9. It all sounds so lovely Sue but what on earth is a bastide town? I guess it was full of bastides as the French are renown for their peccadilloes.

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    1. I think that there might be a book in answer to Y.P.

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    2. In a nutshell bastides are fortified new towns built in medieval Languedoc, Gascony and Aquitaine during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

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