What a fantastic day!   It came out sunny and we watched the procession before the Tour de France race at the end of the road with all the neighbours.   Was amazed at how fast they rattled down the steep hill.   The Gendarmes were quite funny warning everyone not to run out and pick up the ‘freebies’ that were sometimes hurled from the cars.   We watched ‘the race’ from the front porch across the fields drowned by the sound of the helicopter hovering overhead.  The stars were out as I locked up last night and the valley was filled with the sound of music, voices and laughing; tonight it is back to normal – the owls, sheep and cows and my cat Stix, meowing at my feet before he sets off on a night hunting …

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