Panier of Plenty

A pique-nique

On the Côte Vermeille

Driving

Driving past vineyards

Hugging the cliffs

Hugging the cliffs

Leading to the lighthouse

Leading to the lighthouse

First glimpse from window

First glimpse from window

Favourite spot, again

Favourite spot, again

Happy Solstice

Cavaillon melon and jambon de Serrano, a creamy goat’s cheese melting onto baguette, a plump white peach and cherries from Céret. Sparkling turquoise waters lapping at my feet as gentle waves find their way into all the nooks and crannies of the rocks I am perching on. Passing yachts, divers, seagulls and kayaks. Pleasure craft with fishing rods at anchor. Rows of terraced grapevines, wildflowers, rosemary and thyme. Chateaux, fortresses and medieval watchtowers. The Pyrénées silhouetted, as their passage is halted by la mer. A light breeze, that will build in intensity, filling sails, as I look towards Cap de Creus and Spain. The phare of Cap Béar above me, a towering beacon, it’s rose marble emblematic of Roussillon.

A pause. A moment in time, encapsulated and preserved for winter days, as a reminder of the pleasures of summer, at their height…

View towards Spain

Looking towards Spain

View from lighthouse

View from lighthouse

A crique

Clear waters beacon

Headland

Headland

Shimmering

Shimmering

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

A coastal carpet

A coastal carpet

Phare, Cap Béar

Phare, Cap Béar

Tour Madeloc

Tour Madeloc, 13th century

Descending to the bay

Descending to the bay

Cactus in flower

Cactus in flower

Mediterranean waters

Mediterranean vista

Walking round the rocks

Walking round the rocks

Sunbursts

Cliff covered in sunbursts

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One thought on “A pique-nique

  1. mesarapugs on said:

    How idyllic! And Happy Winter solstice from the chilly Highlands! 🙂

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