Tortoises and The Arch Chapel

EE141ABB-73C1-4ACA-9CE3-4F65227CE5B2A few days ago we were heading home from our morning cappuccino in the bar when we stopped to look into the garden at the end of the post office building.  The fellow had been clearing the place up and we peered over the stone wall to see what progress had been made.

It’s coming along nicely – a lot of weeds and junk have been removed, and tomatoes have been planted all along the far wall.

3273B219-AE57-4D66-A918-33995F40FF2BSuddenly we saw a movement, albeit a slow one- it was a tortoise!  A couple of days later we stopped again, and saw that there were two of them.  Then the next day the owner of the garden was there and Colin started chatting with him.  The slightly larger tortoise is female, and is 50 years old (!) and the other one is the male and is 30.

90AB9213-8E76-43EA-A5C4-C7DCDFFEB3ACThere are also a bunch of little ones of various ages – he rounded up three of them to show us, each a year apart in age.  He’s got a nice little fence to protect his tomato plants – apparently they are a favourite snack

54840355-669D-400C-AD37-7F7289E323BBAnother day we were walking down to the bar and when we were descending the 78 steps under the arch we saw that a few of the local fellows were doing some more work, both outside and inside.

EF9FE71B-6BB3-452B-9783-1BB7950F4898We chatted for a bit, then one of them took me inside to show me the little chapel that’s right above the arch.

C43CBE60-D6E6-41E2-8624-B54497B10BE2I also got a better view of the painting under the arch – he indicated that it was six hundred years old!

74918728-F728-4377-82D6-24CECECDB694I went for a very nice ride one morning before it got too hot – the sunflowers are out and many of the fields have been cut, bailed and re-ploughed for a second planting.

9A44990F-3BF1-4F8F-8655-FA9CE1AD3B14F46950A5-EB4E-40AC-B189-AD4420B402CDWe went out one night to try to catch sight, and maybe some photos of the comet, but even though we knew where to look for it we didn’t get a glimpse.

0EF416D9-017B-4FC5-AF89-03CD74F8854DEDAD4539-69FA-40CC-B82F-A6B95804B334However the hundreds of fireflies flitting around in the bushes along the walk back home made up for it.E9C6A23A-E7D3-4601-B75E-6EFACAB78A11

 

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