At this time every year there’s always a day when I take a ridiculous number of photos of one of these beautiful butterflies on our lavender flowers. Today was that day. Sorry, the lamb chops etc. seem to have found their way onto the butterfly slideshow.
Earlier in the year we bought half a lamb from the Domaine des Pascales where we buy our rosé and white wine. One of the family lives on a sheep farm in the Aveyron and brings the lambs from their small flock to sell. These were some of the chops from that purchase. They were delicious with yogurt mixed with chopped garlic and mint, lemon, and barbecued aubergine and small green peppers straight from the garden. And a glass of red wine, of course.
Lamb, aubergine and green peppers
And to follow, some farmhouse St Nectaire cheese, also from the Aveyron and also bought from Domaine des Pascales, bought from one of the places where they sell their wine – a good trade!
and a lizard on the wall of the shed. I don’t know why this one has a black mark on its back.
The apple crop is looking good from this tree we planted as a small sucker about 6 years ago.
This is one of the female flowers we were hoping for on the sweet corn plants.
These scabious flowers grow as a weed in the garden, but they’re pretty.
These Californian poppies aren’t weeds – we planted them, and I love their intense colour.
Work in the garden today: tying up tomato and cucumber plants, pinching out side shoots on some of the tomato plants, especially the Languedocian ones which just want to grow in all directions and have some quite large tomatoes on them now, taking out the mangetout pea plants and planting out some lettuce seedlings given to us by a friend.
Fire is part of the natural cycle of Mediterranean vegetation especially the garrigue, clearing the land of dead plants and making space for new growth. It is also very frightening and dangerous. On Monday we were on our way to Roquessels to buy wine and saw smoke on one of the hills near the road, just a couple of kilometres from Gabian. By the time we returned the fire had spread rapidly. We called the fire service as soon as we got home, but luckily they already knew about the fire. It took four hours for 80 fire fighters, 4 water-carrying planes and 2 small spotter planes to stop the fire, fortunately just before it reached the house in the photo below.
Le feu est une partie naturelle du cycle de la garrigue mediterranéenne. Mais c’est aussi dangereux et effrayant. Lundi nous avons vu de la fumée sur une colline près de la route de Gabian à Roquessels, à quelques kilometres du village . Sur notre retour le feu s’est étendu. 80 pompiers et 6 avions ont pris quatre heures pour l’éteindre. Heureusement le feu n’a pas atteint une maison dans la campagne.
Fortunately this house was saved.
The view from Gabian – a bit close for comfort.
The sea / La mer
The weather is hot but the sea hasn’t warmed up yet. It was only 16 degrees C at Le Grau d’Agde yesterday.
Le temps fait chaud mais la mer n’a pas chauffé encore. Elle n‘était que 16 degrees C au Grau d’Agde hier.
In the garden / Au jardin
The tomatoes are growing well and one Yellow Pear is almost ripe. / Les tomates poussent bien et une Yellow Pear est presque mûre.
Peppers and apricots – we ate the first apricot this evening, the rest will be ready in a day or so.
A swallowtail butterfly on the lavender
and a dragonfly near the stream. It was bright blue, but the sun was so strong the colour doesn’t show in the photo.