Happy summer solstice to everyone! Here is a disclaimer: The following photographs were not taken today, on this longest day of the year, but rather several weeks ago in the Cahors countryside.
The incredibly beautiful and sunny weather that day made this series of pics so appropriate to post in celebration of this first day of summer.
After our visit at Le Château les Croisille and en route to our next rendez-vous at Château du Cèdre, Germain suggested that we stop and check out a section of his vineyards. Alongside the vineyard, we discovered this fantastic stone hut. These huts, known in the region as a “cazelles” or “gariottes”, dot the countryside wherever vineyards grew or shepards roamed.
Constructed entirely of individually found stones, and without the use of mortar, these huts were historically used by vineyard workers and shepards as a place to take a break, have lunch or perhaps take a cat nap during their long days of working outside.
For me, crouching, stepping inside and then kneeling in this modest stone hut consumed me with an immense feeling of serenity, beauty..sprituality. The chalky white stones, every one of them seemed to be perfectly place. The pure white light, pouring in through the openings in the ceiling..
And finally, looking upwards, nothing but blue, blue sky. This moment blew me away. Such a modest abode, but within it such amazing beauty. My sister once told me that each day she makes it a point to discover, cherish and remember at least one special moment, because every day of our lives is a gift.
It is a great message, and one that I try to practice everyday. I am very grateful to Germain for showing us his vineyard that day, and for allowing me to experience this very special moment.