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August 30, 2009

Views of la Vallée de la Grosne

Filed under: Village Life,Weather — Tags: — Mary @ 08:41
View over la Vallée de la Grosne

View over la Vallée de la Grosne

The weather has become a little cooler today. It was 10 degs when we got up this morning but with a cloudless sky and hot sun it soon reached 20 degs, which is perfect weather for going walking. There is a randonée at Azé next week, and we thought we had better get in some practice for it.

Chris always loved walking in the Lake District but he now admits that the views here are even grander. This area is very wooded and the meadows provide good grazing for the Charolais cattle. Cluny is very much a horse town with its Haras (National Stud) and there are plenty of beautiful horses too.

So we climbed the hill to the southwest of Cormatin, to the Bois de la Roche. There is a good path along the ridge through the beech trees. These trees were once pollarded but have now grown tall to form an archway over the path, giving dappled shade. We passed the statue of La Dame de la Roche, the white madonna which gazes over the valley towards Cluny.The views from this hill are stunning. Take binoculars if you go up there. Looking to the east you can see all the villages from Cluny to Cormatin spread along the valley with the Beaujolais mountains in the distance. Look the other way and. if you are lucky and it’s a clear day, you will see Mont Blanc.

Take a plastic bag too as along the way there are walnuts, blackberries, pears, chestnuts, and big rosehips. Even hops in the hedgerows.( I must look up a recipe for beer!)

It’s been a wonderful year for fruit. Our peach trees are practically on the ground with all the fruit. The tomatoes have done well too. And the pumpkins of course. These are the staple diet during the winter and recipes are swopped with friends. Soon I will be able to write a book called “101 things to do with pumpkins”. You don’t want a pumpkin do you, or some peaches or tomatoes or marrows……?

August 26, 2009

August at Taizé

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary @ 09:06


It seemed yesterday that summer was coming to an end. On Monday night we had the most dramatic thunderstorms and yesterday it rained all day. However this morning the sun is out again and we are surprised how much greener everything looks after that very welcome downpour. We are promised temperatures up in the thirties again for next week I’m glad to say that summer continues.

We are having a very good summer in many ways. We have very much enjoyed meeting the visitors to La Maison du Curé and they all report to have had a very enjoyable stay. There has been plenty going on including horsey events at Cluny and a month-long series of concerts and operas at the Chateau.

It has been an interesting August in Taizé too. We were honoured to hear that the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, had been entertained at our gîte! In the same week Taizé was visited by Dr Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Both took part in the services, robed in white and humbly kneeling with the monks. The services usually present readings and chants in many different languages, the meanings of which are discussed in the group meetings, but, unusually, Dr Williams’ sermon was translated by a French speaking monk.

Autumn heralds the start of the village randonées. These are communal walks of a distance of your choice taking signposted routes around the village. There is no excuse for flagging along the way as there are free refreshment stops where you can imbibe a glass of good local Burgundy wine and try the local delicacies.

We’ll keep you posted on future events and the Cormatin news as it happens. We are hoping the good weather will last well into November as last year. There’s still plenty of time for a late summer holiday!

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