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Memories of Summer Blooms

September 16th, 2012 | Posted by Ruby in Flowers | Summer - (Comments Off on Memories of Summer Blooms)

I know I’ve mentioned this before but I’m going to say it again – summer is my favourite season.  Its warm, sunshiny days, not having to wear six layers of clothing.  Swimming, sailing and surfing, soaking up the vitamin D – what’s not to love.  Evening barbeques and fresh salads on the patio.  Long, cool summer drinks with loads of fruit and ice – again…what’s not to love.

With autumn just arriving I thought I’d post some of my favourite flower photos from summer 2012.

Gardenias and Hydrangeas at the Bio Marche on Boulevard des Batignolles

English Roses – in London and Paris

The Colour of Summer

and finally, roadside blooms in Auvergne …

Le Papux, Conques and the Lot Valley

September 15th, 2012 | Posted by Ruby in Favourite Places | Holidays - (Comments Off on Le Papux, Conques and the Lot Valley)

Le Papux

Cycling to Le Rouget in the cooler mornings, lazy afternoons in the sun and bar-b-q’s in the evenings and of course lots of local wine.  The local drink La Liqueur de Gentiane is a rather garish yellow liqueur made from the yellow Gentiane plant that to my unaccustomed taste buds is rather awful, but you’ll see locals drinking it in the bars at 10 in the morning.  Jacques insisted on buying a bottle and knowing that it would go to waste if I didn’t help out,  I created a cocktail of Liqueur de Gentiane, orange juice and tonic water.  This made the Gentiane. so much more palatable even our neighbours, Paul and Mimi (locals all their lives), who popped round for aperitifs enjoyed it so much we ended up making another large jug.


We had already decided that any travelling would be done when we had overcast days.  So the following Sunday turned out be rainy and cold and perfect for travelling so we were off to Conques.  This is a classic medieval village where the relics of St Foy(Faith) remain.  With steep cobble stone paths and beautifully maintained (except for the usual touristy stuff) has some great examples architecture and construction dating back to the 1800’s, in particular the St Foy abbey church.

The Lot Valley

Enroute we passed a farm that had this row of vintage tractors.  Jacques has a rather comical attraction to tractors and has a few memories of riding on a neighbours tractor as a child that remains a highlight.


We stopped in the charming St Cirq Lapopie for lunch at Le Gourmet Quercynois specialises in all things Duck.

Le Chateau de Cenevieres with its view of the Lot River.

Summer in Auvergne – Le Rouget and St Clement

September 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Ruby in Favourite Places | Holidays - (Comments Off on Summer in Auvergne – Le Rouget and St Clement)

My favourite time of the year is summer.  I love the sun, the heat and the long summer days.  And having had so little summer in London this year I was feeling particularly cheated.  We had already decided that we would spend this summer holiday in Auvergne  at the cottage on Jacques family property in Le Papux.

Le Papux is where Jacques spent his first 7 years on and is strongly bond with – not least because his grandparents lived here and this is where he returned for holidays from Paris until his late teens.  More about Le Papux in the next post.

Our holiday started early on Saturday travelling down from Paris, stopping to buy some supplies and arriving late in the afternoon.  Up early on Sunday we were off to the local market at Le Rouget.

We were then off to St Clement for their annual Cockerel Feast with friends and family.  Starting with a Sunday Mass.

And what a feast it was.   A 4 course Sunday lunch in honour of the mighty cockerel, Coq au Vin served with a local speciality Truffade made with potatoes and fresh Tomme de Cantal(a local cheese).

This was followed by an afternoon of entertainment and dancing.

Then dinner was served – another 4 course meal!

The roast pig served with another local speciality Aligot – also made with potatoes and  the very same fresh Tomme de Cantal.

And more dancing.

A great day for young and old alike.