Minus 5 degrees C

All I needed was a large St Barnard dog to come along with a barrel of cognac. What I got instead was the wonderful sight of three grazing Roe deer.

Roe deer are to be found in much of rural France. They are quite small 70cm tall and 130cm in length and are easily identified by the white fur on their rear. Only male Roe deer have antlers which are shed each year and grow back in winter.

The preferred habitat of the Roe deer is lightly wooded, forest land with plentiful hedgerows and open spaces to feed. Paul and I were travelling to Sarlat market when we spotted these three deer grazing in a field between the forest and road.

Roe Deer

In common with some other smaller mammals such as rabbit or mice, the Roe deer prefer to emerge at dawn and twilight to eat grass, berries and leaves. They also manage to eat their way through many garden plants from time to time.

Luckily we were the only traffic on the road and the deer were not spooked for a few minutes so we were able to stop and take these pictures.

Roe Deer Grazing

After a few moments of close scrutiny one made a dash but we did not hear the “barking” warning noise to the other deer to run for cover. In fact the one on the right had jumped into the next field before the other deer even looked up and realised that she was missing.

Winter frostI know these are not deer but the cows looked so wonderful against the frozen background.

A little warmer today -2 but feels like -3 and I am forcing myself to drink hot chocolate laced with cognac, delicious and warming. “another please Paul”.

Event:- Not to be missed is Sarlat Truffle Festival on the 14th and 15th January, try the truffle macaroons they are delicious.

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