After several days of sanding down and painting our shutters, Jude and I decided to have a day off and go for a walk down in the Rhone valley. Sunday is pretty much a rest day in Switzerland anyway, as you are not allowed to make any undue noise (like mowing the lawn, drilling or hammering). This is one of several ‘rules’ in Switzerland, which I may well blog about one day.
Anyway, the Forêt de Finges is a nature reserve of national importance which lies between the River Rhone and the main road from Sierre to Leuk. It effectively marks the ‘border’ between the French and German speaking parts of Switzerland. Our route would take us around a few small ponds which, to our surprise, were almost completely frozen.
We’d taken our binoculars in the hope of spotting a few interesting birds but, unfortunately, we didn’t see too many – just a few Coal Tits, Crested Tits, 2 Buzzards and something that looked a bit yellow! On the plus side, we did spot a butterfly which came to rest on a bank above us. After clambering up very carefully, I did manage to catch a reasonable photo – see pic 15.