Monthly Archives: August 2010

all too short a date

The melancholy of the end of summer has descended.  The shadows are longer, the village is quieter, the final wheat harvest is being brought in. The lavender distillery is working almost non=stop, and the town is enveloped in the sweet … Continue reading

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valencia

A brief visit to Valencia, baking under the August sky.  Like most cities in southern Europe, this is the month when you feel the party is going on somewhere else, but the great benefit of that is that you can … Continue reading

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memories

Some of our friends and neighbours throw a party for us, setting up a table in the shade.  Everyone brings something, cake aux olives, quiche, ripe charentais melons, and bottles of clairette.   After a couple of hours, the food … Continue reading

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more olives

The olive trees of Provence are said to have been introduced by the Greeks, who were in in Marseilles, nearly 3000 years ago.  There is a timelessness to the groves on the hills around here, white light, loud grating cicadas … Continue reading

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le repas du fort (the village dinner)

For reasons long lost, there are two dinners in the village, reflecting the Catholic/Protestant split of the area. Yesterday, it was the repas du fort, the fort being the 12th century Catholic church. From 7 o’clock the good ladies of … Continue reading

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