On getting up each morning, freshened up and dressed my first act is to take Bismarck for his first walk of the day.  Our giant schnauzer takes a bit of getting going, with a big stretch of the back, then his massive fore and hind legs, he ambles with a spring in his step towards the door.

Even though it is May, it is still quite fresh as the sun comes up.  And as we step on to ‘La ruta del Carrilet’, the vie verde path adjacent to the house, Bismarck and I are greeted by the cats, Dolly our blonde Parton look alike and McGonagall the ginger.

Dawn on La Ruta el Carrilet - Maig 2014

Dawn on La Ruta el Carrilet – Maig 2014

The chill morning air catches the face washing away any lingering reminents of sleep. As the four of us make our way up the old railway the new light that rises over the hills of La Garrotxa penetrates the fresh foliage of the trees and birdsong fills the woods.  If you are lucky you might catch sight of a red squirrel, roe deer, wild boar and all manner of creepy crawlies at ground level.

La ruta el Carrilet Maig 2104

La ruta el Carrilet Maig 2104

 

Looking down Vall d'Hostoles from el Carrilet - Maig 2014

Looking down Vall d’Hostoles from el Carrilet – Maig 2014

Ours is a short brisk walk prior to breakfast and commencing the tasks of the day, but it provides a ‘space’ both in which to think and to marvel.  The latter is a daily joy as with each day small perceptable changes occur – yesterday it was the wild sweetpea up by the field that caught my attention, pink and fragile clinging to the plants around it.   Now however, if sunny it is the light that amazes; funnelling down the corridor of trees that line the path forming curtains of light on the banks of the path.  The sunlight magnifies the contrast in the many shades of green in the leaves of the trees, grasses and wild flowers.  Let the photos complete the picture for you and the serenity that awaits you here in La Garrotxa.

 

Curtain of light on el Carrilet

Curtain of light on el Carrilet

 

Light and foliage - Maig 2014

Light and foliage – Maig 2014

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