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Lost in the Charente

6 May

Have been lost in the Charente, getting down with quality ‘in-law‘ time.

Will report back soon.

Hallelujah. A train station in France that offers an alternative to all those lumping stairs

Hallelujah. A train station in France that offers an alternative to all those lumping stairs

controlleur

a quick ‘clope’ (fag)

gare de Saintes

2CV charente

fishing

angeac sign

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Poppies and broom everywhere!

21 May
poppies in the Minervois

Poppies in the Minervois

While I’m on talking about wildflowers, I thought I’d share these pics of the poppies (‘coquelicots’) and broom (‘genets’), in full bloom here, that never fail to delight me.

The roads and vineyards are all lined with these these gorgeous flowers and their strong red and yellow tones.  And the smell of the broom  is just incredible!

I hadn’t really appreciated the season of Spring until now, living here in France.  The contrast of each season is quite dramatic and very different to my hometown of Adelaide. After the cold and harshness of winter (am I glad that we have central heating – something unheard of for me in Oz!) nature in Spring just bursts to life with colour and energy.   Even the locals seem to get excited and step up a notch in energy.

Maybe it’s also living in the countryside that allows me to appreciate all this magic and colour.

genet is one of my favourite smells in Spring

magnificent 'Genet' - Broom

poppies again

poppies growing amongst the dry stone walls

poppies lining the road to the next village

route to the neighbouring village with the Montagnes Noir behind

a capitelle in the MInervois

an old capitelle (stone hut)

poppies and sky

...and poppies

poppies along the road again

poppies and broom

poppies and wall... again!

poppies, vineyard

poppies in front of a wine cellar

a Minervois wine cellar

beautiful broom

beautiful broom

happy birthday auntie mil

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