9am. A visit to the patisserie. Breakfast: warmed pain au chocolat aux amandes and freshly milled black coffee, sans sucre. 10am. Changed into hiking clothes and headed past the stadium to the Rue de la Cascade… asking directions. Discovered a stone bridge, part of the aqueduct system. Wound my way on a narrow track, past shady orchards and potagers to the foothills at the base of the river and the first lower cascades. Continued on many different paths to see where they would lead, joining the road to Les Balcons de Céret and then the walking track to Mas d’en Clic, before descending slippery moss-covered rocks to the upper waterfalls and completing the circuit, committing it to memory. 12.30pm. Traversed the centre ville after starting downriver as the bells chimed midday. Lunch in the sun, on the terrace: Confit de canard, roasted potatoes, salade de betterave et noix… with a glass of sangria. Listening to water cascade in the Tins ravine below, the chickens foraging and clucking (or rather, saying cot,cot cot, as they are French!). Canigou is now obscured by cloud and smoke curls up in the distance, behind the trees that still hold their leaves – a blaze of gold and yellow. The washing is drying, nudged by a very slight breeze. 3pm. Writing a draft for a new project, recalling memories of spring in this region. 4pm. The sun has sunk behind the hills as the terrace falls into shade. 4.30pm. Lit the fire for the evening. 5pm. Making a large pot of vegetable soup while looking out to Canigou as the sky deepens. 6pm. Closed the shutters as night fell.
A sun-day in the life
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