I know I have been going on about autumn a bit lately but after five years in the subtropics these beautiful trees and burning red vines just melt my heart. Chateauvert, in the south of France, offers both excellent climbing and the chance to do a little more leaf gawking. Correns boasts that it is the ‘first BIO village’ in France and the farms in the immediate vicinity produce any number of BIO approved products. Predictably the area is therefore home to quite a number of woolly jumper wearing hippies all of whom came out of the woodwork for the local fete, which was held while we were visiting. Sadly, the Vallon Sourn’s most famous residents (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) were not in…