I’ve been here over a week now, and mostly I just work in my studio or eat/drink wine with the other fellows and the resident staff. Not too harsh. Other than the forays up the hill to the main village of Auvillar, I’ve taken a couple of walks. The first, on Sunday, was just across the river to the village of Espalais. There’s not much going on there, but on one end of the village is a camp ground that welcomes pilgrims, because Auvillar is stop on the Pelerinage de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle. There’s a steady stream of people passing right by the studio building . . .
And right across the road is a sunflower field . . .
which look like this when they’re being harvested.
Sunday is also the morning for the Auvillar market, which is pretty tiny compared to . . .
the one in Valence d’Agen, which the fellows go to on Tuesdays. We went today and I picked up some things because Wednesday will be my turn to cook.
But also, while walking around the market I saw this–the Valence d’Agen line dancers! I took a short video that I’ll try to upload, too.