It was a sort of treasure hunt. We all set off together from Cortambert, up the hill and along the faîtral, the path along the ridge that separates the two valleys, to Donzy and down through Varanges and back to Cortambert.
There were magnificent views from the ridge, especially of Blanot to the west.
We were given eight questions, the clues to be found along the way. Either a simple ‘play on words’ puzzle, or what is this article used for, and what is it called in patois? Patois! We have trouble enough with ordinary French! The theme was goats and goats’ cheese. We identified all sorts of things from goats’ droppings and those triangular things to stop them getting out of fields and the utensils used in cheese production.
A question to answer in Donzy
When we started off the weather wasn’t too bad, but then we were caught up in heavy rain. We ended up very soggy, my paper was like a piece of papier maché, and we were glad to get back to the warmth of the foyer rural in Cortambert. We were greeted by tables decorated with strands of autumn leaves and berries, and boards to set out our jigsaws.
Back in the foyer rural
At each station we had picked up a piece of jigsaw, and the last pieces were to be collected in the hall. The picture, of course, was of goats!
Pascale, Annie and Laurent amongst the goats
After the walk in the rain we were ready for the refreshments provided by Pascale and Claire. Various local goats’ cheeses, cheese on toast, hot chestnuts, and maltesers (aka goats’ poo). And lots of vin nouveau from this year’s vendange. Very refreshing and not in the least alcoholic………
A great event. Many thanks to Pascale, Laurent and Annie who organised the walk. We are already looking forward to next year, with better weather we hope.