Saumur - Sau what?
Even the Loire seemed depleted
and the buildings defeated by age
Sau we left
But down the road we found
liveliness, bonhomie and
an excellent lunch:
where the Vienne meets the Loire
we drowned our soreaux.
However, what Saumur lacked in ambience, it made up for in odd corners - too many to include here! And it gave me my blip of the Loire - which had to happen on a visit to the Loire valley, even if where we're staying lies on the Vienne.
Extra 1: A montage of some of the insects I've seen this week in the Loire region, including two different kinds of fire beetle (Pyrophorus) - one taken earlier this week but included for comparison purposes - and the praying mantis (Mantodea) and a tiger moth (Arctia caja), whose flash of red as it flew off confirmed its identity.
Spotting an insect on the wall
by the church door in Saumur,
I can't be sure, but have a feeling
that the mantis with only one antenna
was praying for healing.
Extra 2: Saumur church
Extra 3: The confluence of the rivers Loire and Vienne (the Loire curving to the left).
PS Have to admit, I am downing a glass of sparkling Saumur even as I blip ... and am then switching off my laptop again! Thanks for looking - will catch up anon.
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