The sun was shining again today
and nice for walking.
So we drove up the hill behind our village
to walk through the higher vineyards.
Once you get up there
the roads are fairly level.
Most of the snow has gone.
There are a number of these crosses at strategic points up and down the valley.
I think we can see at least three from our village.
It is a very religious area.
You will have seen some of the shrines in the vineyards in my photos from the summer
as well as in the last two posts.
Mike walked on ahead with Paddy and Jewel
while I stopped to take photos.
Can you see them a bit clearer here?
Something has caught Arthur and Jewel's eye.
Rufus has seen it too.
It's a man walking down the vineyard.
He's just above the van
more or less centre of the photo.
Can you see him?
This is looking in the same direction
but further away.
I like the way the sunshine mirrors
the horizontal rows of houses.
Mike suggested I take a photo looking up at the hounds.
Nice don't you think?
We've turned to go back now but returning on a higher road.
There's quite a bit of waste land in between the vineyards.
Great for wildlife.
Just after taking this photo Jewel slipped her lead.
It wasn't tight enough and she has a very slim head.
She just slipped it and darted off.
Fortunately after running a short distance,
she turned and ran back towards us.
Before running off again!
But she tires very easily
and after a mad few runs,
she walked back towards us.
Safe once more.
What a minx,
and after what I told you yesterday about her running off.
I did notice her eyes though.
She has quite sharp looking eyes and when she gets excited they get a wild look about them.
That's what they were like.
I think she'd enjoyed herself.
All the boys could do was to watch quietly at her mad antics.
Maybe a little envious at having had a run.
I took this last photo towards the sun
just before getting back in the van.
All hounds present and correct.