a glimpse of Haute-Loire

I’ve just realised how long it’s been since I posted anything here. Must do better! In my defence, we had our friends David and Mark to stay last week, which always involves a lot of preparation, as the the little house doubles as guest accommodation as well as being my workspace. So, I packed away all my tools and half-finished projects, and gave the place a thorough spring clean.

It was really lovely to see them (especially as they brought crackers), and the weather was much better than their last visit, so we were able to get out and see a bit more of the area. The nice thing about having visitors is that it reminds you of what’s on your doorstep. For instance, we had a trip down to Le Puy en Velay, and climbed up to the Chapel of St Michael d’Aiguilhe , something we haven’t done since we first came to Auvergne on holiday.

Le Puy en Velay
Le Puy en Velay

Excuse my hair, it was a bit breezy up there! In fact, the first couple of days were rather changeable, to say the least. We had a trip over to the Allier valley, which is where we first fell in love with the region. You can see why if you look at the background – it really is breathtakingly beautiful, especially at this time of year, when it’s very fresh and green. There is a tiny bit of blue sky top right, if you look carefully.

St Ilpize
St Ilpize

Just to prove the sun does shine here (I think David and Mark we starting to doubt it), here are Lavaudieu and Domeyrat, with blue skies.

Lavaudieu
Lavaudieu
Domeyrat
Domeyrat

We had another beautiful day for the drive back down to the airport at Montpellier, via the stunning Milau viaduct, then it was back to the usual quiet life for us. Except that I had an order for a ring that I had to sort out, so I had to get all my tools re-organised fairly quickly – but more of that next time.

Oh, and I should mention that photo credits for this post go to David and Mark. Mainly Mark actually. David took the one of the castle, just for the record.


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