Celia's blog

Musings on life in Lodeve, Languedoc

Nightingales on May Day

Posted by celiahukins on 02/05/2012


I’m back after 10 days away. I opened the shutters this morning to hear a nightingale outside the bedroom window. Later there was another, and a cuckoo competing with them.

The day starts off as you might expect in early May– those spring time clouds, a chill in the air, damp from the rain last night, the rain glistening on the trees. Later it warms up and by mid afternoon I’m sitting outside in the sun.

In Lodève all the shops are shut except for the greengrocers run by the lady from Gignac. There are various stalls by the side of the road selling muguets des bois, traditional for 1 May.

I don’t think many people know what a nightingale sounds like. They are usually here in May, but our renters haven’t always recognised them. “Pour la petite histoire” here is a link to their song.

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2 Responses to “Nightingales on May Day”

  1. Not so keen on their ‘song’ prefer a blackbird. I had a bit of a go a their song in my blog recently at http://poitoucharentesinphotos.wordpress.com not too harsh but not so complimentary!

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