Panier of Plenty

November 2015

Welcome to the visual diary for November…

Snow on the peaks of Canigou

Snow on the peaks of Canigou

A stormy start to the month as high winds created ‘horizontal’ torrential rain…

Céret streets

Céret streets

Place des Neuf Jets

Place des Neuf Jets

After the storm

After the storm

Clouds enshrouding Canigou

Clouds enshrouding Canigou

La finalé

La finalé

Thursday November 5th. ‘Les Gorges de la Fou’ are something of a tourist attraction and I have always driven past and wondered about stopping… so I packed a picnic and finally visited! We entered the narrow chasm (equipped with hard hats) and followed a sturdy metal walkway that snakes it’s way through the base of the gorge with the river cascading just below… water drips from caves… mosses and ferns cling to the glistening rock walls and the sky seems a long way up. Emerging into daylight at the end of the journey the return awaits, but it is different in the other direction – the descent – as the light changes with the angle and the view is down river.

Entering the chasm

Entering the chasm

Filtered light

Filtered light

Netting to capture rocks

Netting to capture rocks

Cascades

Cascades thundering

Just below

Just below us

Autumn colours

Trees cling to crevices

Cliff walls

Cliff walls

Les Gorges de la Fou

The river widens

The last section of the walk

The last section

Emerging into the light

Emerging into the light

Heading to a nearby hill village, enjoying the autumn foliage in the Tech river valley…

Road to Corsavy

Road to Corsavy

Saturday 7th November. ‘Un week-end exceptionnellement doux’… the weather forecast continues to defy records, and apart from last Monday night’s storm, the exceptional weather we have experienced for nearly two weeks is predicted to continue. Chestnuts were roasting on the street corner this morning, filling the air with scented smoke, as we strolled around the market in short-sleeves! Place des Neufs Jets (named after the central fountain) became a sunny haven as diners were entertained, surprisingly, by an opera singer. ‘Johnny’s little corner’ has opened with a Saturday ‘oyster bar’ formule: a half dozen freshly shucked huitres accompanied by a glass of crisp white wine for 7 euros.

Christmas decorations are hung and ready as our town prepares for the festive season. Evenings close in early now the clocks have gone forward, yet with such mild evenings, the streets remain busy as everyone enjoys outdoor tables and a stroll.

From our Céret Saturday market…

From the market

Phalaenopsis

In season: poireau, céleri rave, épinards, mâche, roquette, carottes, poires, pommes, clémentines…

In season

Straight from the producer

And from a neighbour, merci…

Fresh from the tree

Fresh from the tree

Saturday morning's roses opening

Saturday morning’s roses

Looking out the kitchen window, the giant walnut is turning yellow, the fig tree has nearly shed its leaves and we can see more of the terrain the chickens enjoy. There was a rooster visiting, he has thankfully done his duty and been moved on…

The garden below

The garden below

Tuesday 17th November. 22°C officially (the car recorded 25°), a perfect day for a picnic by a lake, which happens to be right on the Mediterranean coast…

Etang de Canet-Saint-Nazaire

Etang de Canet-Saint-Nazaire

Fishermen's cabins, reed

Fishermen’s cabins, made from reeds

The Med, hors saison

The Med, hors saison

Sunday 22nd November. Gloves, hats and scarves have come out of hiding…

Fresh snow on Canigou

Fresh snow on Canigou

Tuesday 24th November. Collioure was practically deserted as the Tremontane blew…

A brisk 9°C

A brisk 9°C

Collioure landmark

Collioure landmark

27th November…

View at breakfast

View at breakfast

Sunday 29th…

Heading to the cherry fields

Heading to the cherry fields

Monday 30th November. Another month has ended, so quickly! We have had three frosts in the last week; this morning, my car warned of ice at 4 degrees. Driving to the neighbouring village, Maureillas, the fields were white as mist rose through the trees… beautiful to behold. The first Mimosa is in bloom, completely outside its usual season.

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