How green is our valley? Quite, thank you

We’ve had an unusually rainy late winter/early spring and now, on the last day of April, we’re back to grey skies and more rain. But all that water finally seems to be having an impact, as the countryside is now positively glowing with green.

The odd thing is that this spring, for the first time since we’ve lived in the Greater Daglan Area, the hills have seemed unusually barren and brown. Once the leaves drop from the trees each autumn, of course, you can see the surface of the actual hillsides in and around the Céou River valley. In the past, it always seemed to us that the hillsides were covered in green grass and underbrush. But not this year — everything looked quite brown and barren, despite the rain we were getting.

Now that’s changed, as these couple of photos from this morning will show.

This first photo was taken by RFD’s crack Staff Photographer, my wife Jan. It shows the trees around the Céou River, seen from the Pont Neuf, as we returned to Daglan from a shopping trip to Gourdon:

The Céou River, as seen from the Pont Neuf as we re-entered Daglan this morning.

The Céou River, as seen from the Pont Neuf as we re-entered Daglan this morning.

And here’s a photograph that I took on the road heading into Bouzic, the little hamlet just a few kilometres from Daglan. The trees are green, the grass is green (and getting pretty tall), and the wildflowers are blooming, as you can see:

A riot of green plants and trees, approaching Bouzic.

A riot of green plants and trees, approaching Bouzic.

For me, this is all good — especially since green happens to be my favourite colour.

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