Amanda on August 1st, 2007
Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Welcome to the steaming Quercy in high summer. And steaming it certainly has been, the weather still can’t make up its mind and switches from scorching sunshine to refreshing showers with little warning. Good for the vines, say the old-timers, good for the peaches and plums too, not so good for the cereal crops. We can see winking lights from the vast harvesters, crawling like locusts across the landscape, as we sit on the terrace in the evenings with a jug of red and a bowl of shiny violet olives from the market. The weather is so capricious this year that they’ll work all night to ensure a perfect harvest. The sunflowers have been delayed too, usually they’re in full, dazzling bloom by early July, this year they’re three weeks late, but what a sight they are. A field full of these golden beauties, faces raised to the sun, absorbing its warmth and reflecting its glory, is a sight to brighten the dullest day. Read More »

Quercy Living in High Summer from French Life