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Every year in early autumn in the Alps animals that have spent the summer grazing in high pastures are brought down to the valleys for the winter.  This movement of livestock is called transhumance and in many villages it's the perfect opportunity to get together and celebrate; a great excuse for a fête.  A couple of weeks ago, with a less than inspiring weather forecast and only a few hours available, we decided on the spur of the moment to go and experience a transhumance for ourselves in a gorgeous little hill-top village.

Transhumance first sheep

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Sunday Photo - 27 November 2016

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vines in autumn in Provence

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Sunday Photo - 20 November 2016

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autumn river walk Alpes Maritimes

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Colourful autumn garden

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We are experiencing the most wonderful autumn in the South of France.  For several weeks now the mercury has been hitting the 20s, with a high of 28°c last week!  November is often lovely on the French Riviera but these temperatures are even higher than normal.  The garden is still full of colour, with a mix of autumnal berries, second bloomings, fungi and pretty leaves.  This is what it looked like yesterday, 18 November 2015.  Come take a walk with me.

Lou Messugo November garden 06

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