limoux – un beau paysage

October 10, 2011

Walking through the vineyards and then up into the garrigues landscape above La Digne d’Aval offers views to the south. The scrubby planting – holm and kermes oak, viburnum, cistus and sage, lavender and thymes – naturalises itself in a complete contrast to the ordered planting of the vines and olives. It’s an old path – well trodden by animals and humans – that follows the line of the ridge from Tourreilles and Magrie to Limoux.

The name carved on this stone is Therese Balandier Sabouraud, patroness of the village, who expressed a wish to be buried in the woodland at the top of the property of Saint Andrieu. Another relative is Jean de Brunoff, the creator of Babar.

Early evening, down in Limoux, the residents play boule. It helps to have a gauloises or gitanes hanging out of one corner of the mouth . . .  improves your aim . .

. .  as the light falls, the shutters are closed and it’s possible to enjoy the beautiful hinges.

There were some who lived in the dark

Dreaming of the sky’s caress

There were some who loved the forest

And believed in blazing wood

The odour of flowers enchanted them even from afar

The nakedness of their desires clothed them

They fused in their hearts the breath measured

By that slip of ambition in the life of nature

That flourishes in summer like a richer summer

They fused in their hearts hope for the dawning age

That hails another age even from afar

With love more stubborn than the desert

The briefest of slumbers

Delivered them to the future sun

They endured they knew that life perpetuates

And their shadowy needs gave birth to clarity.

They were only a few

Then suddenly a crowd

So it is in every age.  Paul Eluard  Faire Vivre

One Response to “limoux – un beau paysage”


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