Sunday, 17 April 2011

You probably heard the screams in England

I was going to tell you about the charming medieval city of St Antonin Noble-Val, and its madly busy Sunday market.

And I thought I might share with you how delicious the mid morning espresso and chocolatine, drunk on the terrace at the local cafe, were.
Morning espresso & patisserie

After the market, I walked the seven miles home along the Aveyron gorge, and I could describe in great detail how heartbreakingly beautiful the walk along the river is.
River Aveyron

Dappled shade
Rocks above the Aveyron

But actually, the only thing I can think of is this MASSIVE snake, which was sunbathing across a farm track, and which I nearly stepped on as I admired some nearby buttercups.
Whopping great grass snake

But you might have guessed that I saw a snake because I imagine you would have heard the screams back in England.  It was the length of my arm span, from fingertip to fingertip, and despite being a perfectly harmless grass snake, it still made my heart pound and my blood race.  I am not a fan of snakes.

Massive grass snake


  1. Would it make you feel any better if I told you I found a rat nest (complete with babies) in my compost bin this morning? There might have been a scream there too! And a fair bit of dancing about...

  2. Ooooh! Cannot think of anything worse, oh yes I can a rats nest!

    Hope you are having a great break.

    Vanessa x

  3. They do make me jump. And squirm.

  4. Oh, yuk. I don't care whether they are harmless, they're still creepy. Shudder.

    But oh, the espresso cup. Oh.

  5. I am now sitting on my feet ;-).

  6. Eeek! And now must interrogate Tracy re rat's nest at Kew tomorrow--double eeek! K x

  7. I swear I saw it wriggle. Oh, the trauma...

  8. Can sympathise totally. A few years ago I was carrying my 2 year old down a cliff path in Dorset and a snake slithered out and over my foot and I was only wearinf flip-flops! I just has to stand and look brave! Locals told me there are adders on coast path too!


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