|Heading into the valley out of Céreste|
|The Calavon River|
|High water mark!|
Just as we were coming into St Martin, Anne shouted "I have Blood", and hopped off immediately to inspect Gigi's left hind, Martine was almost as quick to dismount and rushed over to look as well. Only the day before we had discussed the medical kit, and now it came into use for the first time. If there is one thing we have plenty of after both of our trips to Apt hospital it is Betadine! It was only a small amount of blood, but it was under the upper strap of the boot, and appeared to have been caused by a small amount of mud that had lodged under the strap and caused an abrasion. Martine cleaned the strap, sprayed on the Betadine and refastened the strap really loosely, but we were both concerned .
|Approaching St Martin de Castillon, |
La Gardette and the Luberon in the background
|Our picnic spot|
|A typical trail|
|Balisage - the yellow stripe marks a walking route,|
the orange stripe marks an equestrian route
|The last stretch was through magnificent old oak woods|
|approaching the jeep|
|the table was set for lunch|
George had also brought feed for both horses, which was much appreciated as well, Flurry waving his front leg as a way of expressing their thank you's to George. On inspection Gigi's wound was now invisible, having been through another stream it was washed clean and there was no sign of any rubbing or hair loss, so maybe it was just a small scratch from a stone ?
|Flurry expressing his appreciation of the good food|
The horses went willingly into the box, and after the short drive back to the yard, they were rewarded with lucerne, their favourite forage, and a night's rest. A very successful day, and the forecasted rain held off. But will it rain tomorrow........