We are making the most of the lovely November sunshine by getting out and about. Chris, guiding our Sunday morning walk, took us across to Lamartine country.
Our walking group in Milly-Lamartine
We started at the Domain Chardon and went up through Milly-Lamartine, posing for a photo outside Lamartine’s childhood home. Every day the young Lamartine would go over the hill of Monsard to reach Bussières where he had lessons with the village priest, Abbé Dumont. We followed in his footsteps up the steep rocky path hemmed in by box and sloe.
A narrow path round Monsard
It was hard going and rather slippery but we reached the Grotte de Jocelyn, a cave that was the inspiration for Lamartine’s epic poem of 1836. The poem tells of Jocelyn, a novice priest, fleeing from religious persecution and taking refuge in the cave, and his subsequent tragic love affair with Laurence.
View over the vineyards of Pierreclos
The 360° views at the top were well worth the climb, and the descent easy.
At the table d’orientation
This afternoon we went to the Equivallée to see the first of three fortnightly show jumping events for pony clubs and amateurs. It was very relaxed, a good opportunity for novice horses and riders to gain valuable experience. Lots of clear rounds but also plenty of fences down and refusals.
A clear round!
Lets hope that winter is kept at bay for as long as possible and we will enjoy more of this lovely autumn sunshine.