How green are these valleys?

Languedoc Aude valleysI feel like a tranquil post today.

I love how the layers of the last foothills of the Pyrenees change colour as we drive away from the Pyrenees-Orientales up toward the greens and blues of the beautiful Aude valleys.

The Languedoc climate is basically Mediterranean, growing windier toward Carcassonne and wetter toward old Aquitaine in the west.Higher up the winters are crisp and cold

We have a micro climate in the village, with long, hot summers & mild autumns dropping to very cold in January and February. Spring can vary wildly between calm, warm & sunny to wet and cooler, but the average temperatures between March and November are consistently around 8 to 10 degrees higher than in the UK. In summer, it seems to rain mainly at night, or maybe a short sharp downfall in the middle of the day.. how very civilised!

Rainfall means it stays green, even after the hottest summer (see above)  but the valleys create their own local variations, even within a relatively short distance. For example, we can feel the cooler air as the road rises through Quillan and up to Axat & the mountains proper. I have no idea what Trevor is doing in this photo- suggestions welcome20151006_135732Quillan

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About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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12 Responses to How green are these valleys?

  1. zipfslaw1 says:

    The weather sounds amazing–where do I have to go to find it?

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  2. bizzyella says:

    Not jogging then… Did he hear the dinner bell? The faint cry of “a table!?” That’s about the only thing that speeds me out of a stroll.

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  3. Osyth says:

    Lovely lovely lovely!

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  4. MELewis says:

    Judging from the body language, I would guess your Trevor’s returning to the car after having discovered that the shop he wanted to visit was closed. Just a guess!

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  5. Sounds a lovely climate – beautiful photos on your drive 🙂

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