On our drive to lunch in Anglars-Juillac yesterday, we saw them. Three men, walking in separate fields, rifles held carefully in the crook of their arms. Easily identified by their orange hats and/or orange vests.
In other words, it’s hunting season.
Which is fine with me, in general. While I’m not a hunter, I do relish a delicious dish built around fresh venison, or hare, or wild boar.
But there is also a whiff of danger in the air, especially on those Sunday mornings when you feel like a nice little bike ride from Daglan to Castelnaud, taking the back route through walnut groves and cornfields and tobacco fields that have been harvested and tilled. It’s just a bit disconcerting to know that there are men throughout the fields, toting guns, and looking for the sudden movement of a stag.
This leads to my essential advice if you’re planning to cycle around the countryside this time of year. First, do not wear that beige-and-brown cycling outfit you’ve just bought. And most important, do not under any circumstances wear that oh-so-amusing bike helmet with the antlers glued to the sides.