Fledgling Swallow

Saint Julia de Bec is a provincial capital of the swallow kingdom. Their nests line the overhangs of the roof tops. Each morning and evening they chirp away, soaring through the blue sky.

In the last month we have found quite a number of dead hatchlings on the street. Now we have found a survivor. A fledgling that never made it into the air.

It is surviving on a mixture of dog food, crushed pumkin seed, boiled egg and spirulina spoon fed with a straw. Anika is doing the care work. We all hope she will be able to fly in the next few days. Its just a matter of practice!

swallow on Anika's hand

our home made bird mix - its delicious!

our home made bird mix – its delicious!


No napkins to clean up afterwards. Her beak looks too fragile for our clumsy hands.

No napkins to clean up afterwards. Her beak looks too fragile for our clumsy hands.

Saint Julia’s little secret

Saint Bertrand casscade
We have been let in on the village secret. A six meter casscade that falls into a deep pool wide enough to swim in. There is a local legend that some church bells were thrown into the pool. I have also heard that this is the spot where the tale of Awena first entered our world.

There is no easy way of reaching the falls. Once there was a trail up the river but through abandonment it is only now kept serviceable by the wild boar. The trail ends abruptly at the mouth of a modest gorge. To reach the casscade one must then enter the river to carry on upstream. The vegetation is thick with oak and popular so that the sun only penetrates the pool in the early afternoon. The water is ice cold!

I would like to take a plastic inflatable for Anika one time!

One of several deep pools below the waterfall

One of several deep pools below the waterfall


The same deep pool viewed from ontop a boulder

The same deep pool viewed from ontop a boulder


The explorers!

The ragged explorers!

Col das Bordos

Here are some photos from our walk up the Col das Bordos. We started at the cemetery of St. Just et Bezu. The trail leads up past a small ruin, Bordos del Soula, dated 1895.

We found a cave on top of the mountain. A local farmer, Jean Gardair, believed it was occupied during the end of the year mania in 2012. Now it seems empty.

the hermits cave

the hermits cave


cave kitchen. The absent occupier was preparing for the end of the world.

cave kitchen. The absent occupier was preparing for the end of the world.


Climbing along the high ridge

Climbing along the high ridge


View of Pech Cardou - It is believed to have female energy. Some claim to have found a cave there leading to the ark of the covenant.
Renne-les-chateaux
The cross, carved into the summit.

The cross, carved into the summit.