Today our village walking group went on a balade which Chris and I often used to enjoy when we lived in Cormatin.
Map of our walk from Cormatin
If you leave La Maison du Curé and turn to the right you will find the agricultural track to Chazelle. It is not supposed to be for cars although this morning M.Bordet the mayor drove past us en route to his farm near Chazelle. But I suppose if you are the mayor you can do what you like. Generally though it is a good safe cycle ride for families with children.
Along the way you often see rare breeds of animals in the fields. Today there were llamas and some unusual sheep. In the past we have seen emus, deer, bison, Brahman cattle and miniature ponies.
The Romanesque church at Chazelle
At Chazelle you can visit the church, typical of the 12th century. A little further is a farmhouse with lots of ancient farm machinery such as horse drawn ploughs rusting away in the garden.
The Chateau d'Uxelles
You have a good view of the Chateau of Uxelles before arriving back at the top of the hill of St Roch with its salle de fêtes. From here you get a lovely view of Cormatin. Then it’s just a short steep descent back to La Maison du Curé.
I am enjoying the warm sunshine here after my stay in rainy Glasgow. Yesterday was the perfect day for one of Chris’s randonnées.
Between Cortambert and Toury
This time we stayed within the commune, starting from Cortambert through the vineyards to Toury. We descended to La Ferme de L’Etang near Massilly, then followed the long straight track through the Bois de Banan. The only strenuous part was the lane back up the hill to Cortambert.
For the next walk in April we will start from Cormatin. It will probably be the week after Easter. Chris will keep you posted.
We know that spring has arrived when we begin to see Dutch campervans on the road and tourists arriving in Cormatin. And families of cyclists on the voie verte. It has been a lovely day today with lots of people out making the most of the sunshine.
Ready to set off on our walk.
This morning Chris guided our walking group on a little randonnée, an 8 km ramble around Blanot passing through Fougnières and Vivier. It was easy walking, though muddy underfoot to start with. We kept stopping to admire the views which were lovely in the sunshine.
We take a break at the lavoir at Vivier
The better weather has also spurred us into doing all the winter jobs at La Maison du Curé. While Chris has been tackling the repairs I’ve been madly repainting, doing as much as I can before my departure to Glasgow on Tuesday. Chris will stay here to look after our three cats and the gite guests who arrive in March.
La Maison du Curé, all ready for visitors to Cormatin
I’ll be in Bonnie Glasgow for a couple of weeks looking after our grandchildren while their mother works. The forecast is wet and windy for Scotland so I will look forward to the sunshine in Cormatin when I come back in March.
My charges for the next two weeks. Jo, Maggie and Meg the dog
What a difference a day makes! On Friday and Saturday we were marking out the circuits for the Cortambert Randonnée in blazing sunshine. On Saturday afternoon it was far too hot to be doing anything.
Marking the routes for the randonnée
But after a terrific storm and heavy rain during the night we awoke to grey skies. Perhaps we would be lucky and the rain would hold off? Unfortunately not. Soon after the first walkers left Cortambert the skies opened and the day became ever colder and wetter.
This little chap enjoyed his walk in the rain
And so did Joe!
A bit of rain and mud did not put off the serious walkers and runners, but the families who normally enjoy the shorter routes very sensibly did not turn out so numbers were down on last year. But those who did brave the weather enjoyed the randonnée, particularly the warm welcome at the foyer rural and the lovely food and drink that was offered at the rafraîchissement stations.
Ruth and Pascale ready with refreshments for the returning walkers
We are already planning a new walk for next year, the Randonnée des Roses. We’ll try and aim for some better weather too.
The roses are wonderful this year