Its so Cold

Winter

When icicles hang by the wall
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When Blood is nipped and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-who;
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

William Shakespeare.

 

My goodness it is cold -10 a few days ago, -7 today but am I complaining well a little but you need the cold to appreciate the warmth of Spring. It is one of the many things that I love about France, you certainly notice the changing seasons – from weather to the seasonal fruit and vegetables in the markets.
 

dscn2191a“This is mine, just try to take it from me”.
 

Like all eccentric people Paul and I do not let the freezing temperatures stop us from going out, so on a -10 day we left the warmth of our home to go shopping in Sarlat. The country side did look gorgeous bathed in a frosty glow but I was observing from inside the car wrapped in a car blanket!
 

These pictures were taken later in the day near Castelnaud
dscn2226We were unsure if the Montgolfier’s were getting ready to take off or they have just landed or the owners were testing them?
 

dscn2225aUp, up and away
 

News:-
Beynac-et-Cazenac: The D703 is closed to the public until 17th February due to construction work to widen the road and pavement. Diversions are marked, and very scenic.

Domme: Major works installing new utilities – electrics, gas, water, drainage and communications, expect road and path closures. All new for the Spring season.

 

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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.