|Posted by holidaysinthegers on April 15, 2009 at 6:20 AM|
I didn't move here for rain, but that's what we have and what we have had all weekend. It's safe to say that Easter weekend was a bit of a wash out ! My garden is currently doing a very good impression of a swimming pool. It will take weeks to drain away. The pigs are learning to swim.
Down at the camel Farm, Sarah is putting sand bags around in case the house floods. A tributary from the Adour river runs passed her house. Originally, it powered the mill, which has long fallen in to ruin, but it is very narrow here so the level rises very quickly whenever there is alot of rain. Added to this, the snow melt from the Pyrenées feeds into the Adour and the snow has been the best for 20 years. Let's hope it's a slow melt !!
I guess all this rain is why the region is so green. Many people I speak to say it reminds them of England, the Cotswolds in particular. Perhaps that's why more and more are coming here either on holiday or to stay permanently and why some already here are trying to keep the place a secret! As one recent guest said, if he hadn't been booked to stay here he would never have found Viella by chance. It is a hidden gem. Almost too hidden at times !
Meanwhile, the growing season has started in earnest. All the vines have now been trimmed and tied up and are already looking very green. The fields, which have stood empty since the Maize harvest last year, have now been ploughed ready for planting next month and the rape seed fields are in full colour resulting in me sneezing almost constantly !! There seems to be even more of this than last year. Dreadful stuff !
In a previous posting, I talked about a young student who planned to walk to Holland with a donkey. She left just over a week ago. It was an emotional day for all concerned. The donkey picked up on this and refused point blank to move !! Eventually, after removing some of the load, a great deal of coaxing (of the donkey !) and then leaving them to it, they made their way to Termes d'Armagnac, about 15km away. She carried on walking for about a week, but then decided not continue. It made sense and so she returned to the Camel farm. She is now busying herself organising a festival for the white camel. Probably to be held in the summer. Watch this space for more information.