Monthly Archives: October 2010

packing up

The view from the bedroom window this morning is a little mournful.  Fog is rolling down from the mountains, and curtains of cloud are wafting round the curves in the hills. Friends are coming round to eat tonight, and the … Continue reading

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little pears

The poire campanette is a tiny wild pear (called le certeau further towards the Haute Alpes).   It measures no more than 3” high, pink and yellow with freckles. If you know where to look you can still find groves of  … Continue reading

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st lawrence, monks, magyars and things to do with walnuts

Walnuts are the perfect compliment to the fruits of autumn, delicious on their own, they combine perfectly with apples, pears, quince or squash.  This pie, whose name is unpronounceable unless you’ve had some hours to limber up your lips, is … Continue reading

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autumn

After the floodlit everyone-on-stage-performance that is the Provencal summer, autumn is quiet and reflective.  Like sheepish football hooligans, the shouting cicadas have caught the last train home, sharing a packet of Strepsils.   The intoxicating heat is a memory, with occasional … Continue reading

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