Amanda on April 25th, 2008
Hisqua

Hisqua

The panoramic view from my terrace stretches for thirty kilometres, across immaculately tended vineyards, huddled villages, river valleys and great sweeps of forested landscape. In the far distance, if your eyesight is pretty good, you can just make out the tower at Tournon D’Agenais. Naturally the house is on the side of a steep hill, and yesterday, as I was out pruning my lemon trees and trying to coax the oleanders into a little more effort, my only company appeared to come from a pair of buzzards riding the thermals. Warm spring breezes drifted across my overgrown garden as I carefully tended the riotously blossoming orange tree on the corner, and I blissfully inhaled the wafts of delicious scent. Read More »

It’s a Cat’s Life in France from French Life

Amanda on April 1st, 2008
Gariguette strawberries

Gariguette strawberries

The sweet smell of a thousand fragrant Gariguette strawberries lured me round Cahors market last Wednesday. The day was warm, the sky a cloudless blue and the stalwart stallholders were in carnival mood. Asparagus assailed me as I entered the fray at the southern end; huge bunches of creamy green, brushed with purple. Just the thing for a light supper, dripping with melted butter and accompanied by some good bread and a nice jug of Cahors. I glanced at the early peaches, transported overnight from the glasshouses of Andalucia, but the rising scent of strawberries was becoming insistent. Rounding the corner, where one of my jovial stallholder friends was holding his weekly pantomime with leeks and cauliflowers, I was mesmerised by a sea of scarlet. Read More »

The Lure of Gariguette Strawberries from French Life