Monday, 12 April 2010

Lundi matin....

{Blossoming plum trees and dandelions at our friend's fabulous farm}

I cannot believe that it is already Monday morning, why does the weekend always go so quickly?

The weather here in SW France was fabulous at the weekend and it would appear that the sunshine is here to stay, as the forecast is for lots of sunshine for the next 10 days.

Most of the weekend was spent painting, although we did manage to fit a vide grenier in yesterday morning and a visit to see some friends who we have been neglecting of late.

They have the most fabulous farm, which has even featured in one of Rick Stein's books on France and yesterday the prune trees were looking fabulous covered in blossom.

Yesterday our friend; Michelle was making an aperitif out of dandelions (pissenlits in french), something that I had never heard of until she mentioned it.

All you need to do is gather a whole bunch of dandelion flowers (the big early season blooms work best for this purpose).

Place them in a large jar along with a half cup of sugar, a long strip of lemon peel, and the better part of a bottle of vodka.

After two or three weeks, you can strain out the flowers, leaving you with a bottle of pleasant, herby tasting liqueur that will remind you of summer and give your heart a lift.

I will be back tomorrow with some photos of what I have been busy painting.

Note there is no cake left in the house so I may just have to whip a couple up this week, so if anyone has a fabulous cake recipe please let me know as Mr FF has a very sweet tooth and as we all know the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!


Je vous souhaite à tous un fabuleux et très bonne semaine,

L x

14 comments:

  1. What a picture so so beautiful. Lucky to have friends with such a beautiful farm so you can go and visit. Bye for now Amanda x

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  2. The picture of the orchard is stunning, you can smell the blossom. Someone told me that the first flowers of the season are always the bright yellows and whites because the bees need waking up - don't know if it's true, but I love the idea.
    Looking forward to seeing what you've painted.
    Sharon

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  3. Hi Leeann,

    I love the photo of the pretty blossom trees and dandelions.
    Look forward to seeing what you have been up to with your painting.
    Isn't it interesting, how fast the weekend goes!

    Have a happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  4. What a stunningly beautiful photo Leeann. Spring is definitely in the air. xx

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  5. Is there anything more beautiful than spring blossoms? Your photo is gorgeous! Leigh

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  6. OH MY...TAKE MY BREATH AWAY
    THE PLUM BLOSSOMS AND THE DANDELIONS ARE STUNNING. YOUR PHOTO IS GORGEOUS.
    I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A SPRING TREE PICTURE THAT WOULD MAKE A HEADER FOR MY BLOG.
    HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEL.
    HUGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  7. That image is perfection...breathtakingly beautiful.
    I actually pull dandelions out of my garden, I consider them weeds!
    It just shows that there are different cultural ideals, and a delicious drink too!
    Hugs from the Hostess

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  8. I just love to hear about your everyday life in France . And that lovely picture makes me dream! Can't wait to see your paintings !
    Oh, thanks for stopping by my blog also.
    Enjoy your week !
    xx Flaviana

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  9. That photograph is stunning, our lawn is full of dandelions at the moment, so I am going to gather some up and make that delicious sounding aperitif. Before MG attacks them with the weed killer.
    XX

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  10. Hi thanks for joining my little give away. So I decovered your wonderful blog. You have a new reader now :-))) Lovely pictures! I love to bake, what you can see from my post today, so I have also a lot of recipes. Which kind of cake would you like to bake? :-) Hugs Yvonne

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  11. What a beautiful photo! And I'll have to try the dandelion liquer.

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  12. Good grief,,,,,,who would of thought you could actually use a dandelion for something useful??? (o: (o:

    Blessings,

    Jo

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  13. What a lovely photo of what looks like a simply gorgeous place! Whilst you're enjoying the spring flowers we're waiting for the leaves to start changing colours. Enjoy spring!

    Diana
    www.searchingforsporadicsurprises.blogspot.com

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  14. How beautiful these trees in their full blossom are.. hope you found some recipes for cakes... there are two cakes on my blog under Food (I think!) or perhaps recipes... Good week to you. x

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