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Apple festival

Bonjour mes belles,

Yesterday our guests had to leave at 7h30 as they had an early flight, which meant that we were able to hunt for some stock for the shop and attend an apple festival that was taking place in a charming village in the lot et Garonne, not far from where we live.

Needless to say, we ended up buying quite a lot of items while we were there.

I always think that French bread looks better in a basket....

We purchased some of this fabulous purple garlic but I am now wishing that we had bought more as it will not last long chez nous.

 French Boyfriend bought me some of these fabulous gourds which really do scream Autumn and I have displayed them in a medicis vasque.
 Now that the courgette season is almost over I have a feeling that I will be using a lot of these beauties, great for soup or tagines.

 To me  these eschalottes are saying Boeuf Bourguignon, and now the weather has cooled down I may just have to make some....

 FB loves this shot as it is like a painting, to me it reminds me of our last trip to Normandy when we visited the Calva factory and there were mountains of apples everywhere...

You don’t have to drive very far in France before you encounter a road shaded from either side by an avenue of towering Plane trees.  Many of the Planes are around 200 years old, and as much a part of French roads as the motorists and cyclists who use them. 

Likewise, you can often find Plane trees planted in the centres of villages and towns around France, offering large areas of shade for the weary traveller. Measuring up to 50 metres in height, the trees are an impressive sight wherever you encounter them. Fabulous and very French....
très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x 


  1. I do love reading your blog and seeing your lovely photos. Makes me pine for another trip to France.


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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

Last weekend we bought a lot of wine cases as we thought that they would make good storage, as shown in the photo above.

I particularly liked the idea of making a set of drawers with them or perhaps even a serving tray like this.

{photo from here}
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Mille mercis et bonne semaine a tous.....

Leeann x

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