The top photo - is the oak tree of Sainte Abdon - it is rumored that her tomb unaccountably drips water. In the Vosges - he is considered to be the patron saint of hygene. Here in the Minervois, in times of drought, processions would go to ask for rain. No doubt the tree is where trees from pre-christian times were worshipped. Indeed the tree has a sense of spiritual peace around it.
Underfoot flowers begin to bid for the sun, poking through the cut and broken twigs of vines cut by the scores of vignerons who have been pruning the vines over the winter months.
The church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption is close to the site of a Visigothic church, heralding the entrance to the Minervois village of La Caunette. Its church yard borders the intimintant waters of the River Cesse, that go over or under ground depending on rainfall and the heat of Summer. Wines are excellent in the area - take a visit in La Caunette to Chateau Coupe-Roses to taste and enjoy!
In Minerve, mimosas bloom next to the war memorial, in this village that has seen more than its fair share of blood. Back during the Cathar Crusades up to 180 priests were burnt at the stake, after the siege by Simon de Montfort. Now the village is a lovely place to visit almost any time of the year. For those seeking food and dining - take a visit to Relais Chantovent where the chef creates fine cuisine (telephone to book a table on the terrace!).
Fields of vineyards are being torn up due to the economic crisis, creating smooth beds for the white flowers that decorate this area. More and more vineyards are loosing their heritage of rows and rows of vines,that have been worked by the caring hands and strenuous work of vignerons and their families. So buy Languedoc wine to support those that continue to make the Languedoc landscape resonate the glories of nature. Drink the fruits of their labour, their toil, and their expertise that create complex textures and tastes that bottle the essence of this area.