When we were in Le Grand-Pressigny for two weeks at Easter the weather was not good. After a few days of sunshine and a little warmth to lure us into a false sense of security, the weather turned decidedly chilly and then very wet.
However, when you have a dog you just have to go for regular walks, especially when you’re on holiday and the dog knows that there are good long walks to be had. If only we can muster the energy and enthusiasm !! This is helped along a bit by some determined nudging and pawing, not to mention grumbling and squeaking from Miss Lulu !!
One of our favourite places to walk is beside the lake at Le Louroux, just a few kilometres north of Ligueil. It was a grey and chilly afternoon but we togged up in our warm clothes and off we set.
When we got there we found that there was no water in the lake! Apparently draining the lake every few years is part of the routine management of the eco system. The bed of the lake had become a large beach, which Lulu enjoyed – lots of new smells to sniff.
There were tons of these empty mollusc shells, presumably a kind of fresh water mussel. The emptying of the lake had not been good for them but would be quite a feast for the birds I expect.
The signs of spring were only just emerging, everything seemed much further behind than at previous Easter holidays. By now it was getting towards the middle of April.
The rain held off that afternoon and we all enjoyed the exercise. We are hoping to find everything much greener when we arrive again soon for our late spring holiday.
One of the nice things about our little of corner of France is that litter is not much of a problem compared to here in Derbyshire. Even though this is a popular place for visitors, to come for a walk, to do a spot of birdwatching, or a picnic, there is very little rubbish. The only litter we noticed that day was a discarded shopping list!
Jambon, toastinettes, chicken rillettes, chips (crisps), cheese and gateaux ….. it looks like someone was shopping for a party. I only hope they dropped the list after they had been to the shops - unless they had a good memory !!
On the day we set off back home to England the sun came out and the temperature soared – we had 26°C as we sat on our little terrace eating our last lunch before we hit the road. We are very much hoping for more of the same when we go back again, very soon !!
Have a good week !!