Panier of Plenty

October 2016

Welcome to the visual diary for October, highlighting daily life in and around Céret, in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Saturday 1st October. Back from buying seasonal produce at the market…

Autumn colours

Autumn colours

Delicious apples

Delicious crunchy apples

Sunday 2nd October. A walk to the local cascade…

An autumn potager

An autumn potager

Surprising 'sculptures'

Surprising ‘sculptures’

By the cascade pool

By the cascade pool

Walking to the cascade

Walking to the cascade

Watching a canyoner descend

Watching a canyoner descend

Greeting Canigou

Greeting Canigou

On the menu as we suddenly ‘plummet’ into autumn and unpack jumpers…

Fig jam

Fig jam

Duck sausage

Duck sausage

The first 'marrons'

The first ‘marrons’

Peeling chestnuts

Peeling chestnuts

Ready to freeze

Ready to freeze

An evening stroll to visit the chickens and vegetable gardens that lead to the river…

Walking in Arles sur Tech

Walking in Arles sur Tech

Following irrigation channels

Following irrigation channels

'French' beans

‘French’ beans

The Tech river bank

The Tech river bank

Leaves starting to turn

Leaves starting to turn

The river rushing past

The river rushing past

Dusk

Dusk

A shocking discovery as we walked up the the ‘cherry fields’ to visit our favourite tree…

The 'mushroom tree'

The ‘mushroom tree’

The ancient trunk

The ancient trunk

Visiting our dear tree

An earlier visit

Walking ‘around the block’…

Tins ravine, rainy afternoon

Tins ravine, rainy afternoon

Towards our terrace

Towards our terrace

15th October. The first sprinkling of snow on Canigou — known as ‘une voile de mariée’…

First rays of sun

First rays of sun

Morning light, on terrace

Morning light, on terrace

Sunset, terrace

Sunset, terrace

Dramatic skies

Dramatic skies

The last rays

The last rays

Sunday October 16th. Watching Canigou wake up, on the terrace…

Dawn light

Dawn light

View to the left

View to the left

Colours deepen

Colours deepen

First light on slopes

First light on slopes

Day arrives

Day arrives

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Post: As the vulture flies…

Friday 21st October. Making the most of a clear crisp day with magnificent views at altitude…

Autumn slopes

Autumn slopes

Saturday 22nd October. Snow predicted on Canigou. Chestnuts roasting at the morning market. Overcast with a cool mist after a warm spell. Delicious quince paste and brie for lunch. Time to change quilts and the wardrobes, preparing for the cold as the first wood fires are lit…

27th October, Site de Paulilles. An incredibly mild day; warm enough to swim as the wind whipped up waves and then departed…

Paulilles

Paulilles

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean

All Hallows’ Eve…

Célestine set out confidently, waving her magic wand — a bright light against the dark forces we found prowling…

Our street

Our street

Armed with fairy dust...

Armed with fairy dust…

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