It has been raining for the best part of a week without any let up – Our village, Castets en Dorthe, is where the magnificent Canal Lateral starts and sits alongside the powerful river Garonne. These pictures are of the first lock where they join and today, as you can see, the river and the canal have merged. There is more rain on the way and it’s possible the floods could be as bad as they were a few years ago – Let’s hope not. I have included a picture for comparison.
I discovered that one of my favourite artists of all time spent his last days at Chateau Malromé which is a few miles from our house. Henri Toulouse Lautrec returned to his Mothers chateau in 1901 where at the age of 36 he died from complications due to alcoholism and syphilis. He is buried in Cimetière de Verdelais a few kilometres from the estate. The cemetry is quite small and sits on a hillside adjacent to the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame de Verdelais, it is very tranqil and extraordinarily peaceful.