Morning walk

23 May

“folle avoine” (wild oats) growing above one of the old dry stone walls on my walk this morning

Some views from my morning walk today.

It’s hit 30 degrees this afternoon – in the month of May!?! – so I’m glad we headed out at 9am when although it was already bright, the air ws cooler.  It’s going to be a hot one this week!

This heat has put all of nature into overdrive and the vineyards are accelerating very quickly – almost too quickly.  Moderate temperatures and cooler nights allow a slower and more steady maturation, with good acidity and flavours in the fruit and a harvest (‘les vendenges’) in September.   What you don’t want to be doing is picking two-three weeks early (here that’s August) after accelerated growth.  Let’s hope it cools down a little!

my husband's favourite flowers!

wild leek flowers

there’s a lot of wild camomille out right now

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8 Responses to “Morning walk”

  1. Auntie Pauline May 24, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Love the flowers and the beautiful stone wall,oh to share your morning walk. Good luck with the vintage,these factors are what makes wine such a facinating and “moving feast”.Look fwd to tasting . The new family res is progressing albiet slowly, a bit like wine,we’re hoping it will mature with age.Love to all.

  2. Auntie Pauline May 24, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I think I’ve sent two comments. Please let me know if you got them

    Xx

    • The vigneron's wife May 24, 2011 at 8:24 am #

      Bonjour!
      Thanks so much for your commnet AP! It’s wonderful knowing you can share in this from so far away!
      Miss you xo

    • The vigneron's wife May 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

      Just the one Auntie Paul! xoxo

  3. Kerry Miller May 30, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Geraldine,

    Thanks for the lovely blog and pictures. It is great to get regular updates and pictures from France. I moved to London from Los Angeles a year ago with the hope of eventually ending up either full or part time somewhere in the South of France. Your blog provides a nice inspiration. And I fully enjoy the wines which I get from Naked Wines.

    Cheers,

    Kerry

    • The vigneron's wife May 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      Hi Kerry,
      Thanks for your message – it’s really encouraging to read your kind words! I hope you enjoy the pics – and the vino!
      Kat

  4. a May 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    blogs looking amazing……keep up the obsession xx

    • The vigneron's wife June 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      Yours is looking pretty darn fine to me!
      Thanks for the support A! xo

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