Anyway, here I am again, resuming where I left off. Until I get back into the swing of things again, all I can offer you is a little report on our holiday in the South of France.
This was a rare opportunity for us to have a family gathering, sharing a rented villa with both of our daughters and their husbands, along with granddaughter Lara. The villa is in the town of La Croix Valmer, very near St.Tropez.
|Jane and Mark chilling-out on the verandah|
|View of the pool...|
|View of the Med from the villa|
One of the high spots of the holiday was a visit to the Sunday market in La Croix Valmer. Whilst the star attraction for us was undoubtedly the "Poulet rôti" (spit-roast chicken), the fruit and veg was also absolutely amazing, in terms of size, quality and variety.
|Peppers (Capsicums) and Courgettes (zucchini)|
|Tomatoes and Aubergines (Eggplant)|
The strawberries were beautiful too - firm, sweet and tasty. We bought a big 2kg box for a mere 5 Euros (about £4.75)
Some of that lovely stuff naturally ended up on our dinner-table. This is a lunch you would find it hard to beat: bread, butter, tomatoes, cold meats (Jambon Cru, Saucisson Sec and Wild Boar ham), olives, radishes, and (under the paper towel) a salad of haricots blancs (white beans) with olive oil, lemon juice and parsley. Dessert was strawberries - but you guessed that...
The garden of the villa, whilst somewhat neglected, was full of interesting plants. I'll do a post about these in a couple of days. For now, suffice it to say that Lara and I set to and smartened-it up a bit, and adminstered a good drink to many of the thirsty pot-plants.
|Lara says Hello to the geraniums|
|Lara indulging in her favourite pastime|
Now, back to work...