Amanda on April 1st, 2006

Welcome to the Quercy in the sparkling springtime!

Cowslips

Cowslips

We’ve finally shaken off the last of the winter clouds and spirits are soaring. All along the grassy banks little darns of lemon yellow have suddenly spread to become huge patches of glorious cowslips. The willows are a delicious lime green, the almonds and wild cherries laden with delicate white blossom.
In the towns and villages café tables have spread onto the pavements, overflowing with people enjoying the first few outdoor lunches of the year, their pale faces raised to the sun, the clink of glasses a fitting celebration.
In the markets the produce has changed completely. Gone are the stalwart cabbages and leeks, elbowed aside by the glamorous drama queens of spring, asparagus and strawberries. The first of the new crop of broad beans has appeared, there are exquisite new peas and potatoes, sprouting broccoli, herbs and a dozen varieties of new spring greens. Read More »

French Life in Sparkling Springtime from French Life