We’ve had our family staying for the past week – the reason why I haven’t posted on this blog for a while – and yesterday the weather was so warm and sunny that we spent several hours in the garden and had our lunch there for the first time for weeks.
Before pruning the larger of our two olive trees quite severely I took photos of the branches in the sun.
We burnt some of the old year, and the sun was so warm there was even a butterfly on one of the cold frames.
A simple lunch in the sun – olives from the tree I’d just pruned, bread, olive oil, butternut squash soup and cheese.
On a trip to Marseillan at the weekend we saw two groups of flamingos sheltering on the land side of the lagoon to keep out of the strong north wind. The lagoon, which is usually calm, was quite rough.
A midwinter feast
As we do every year, at midday on 25 December we had apéritifs in the garden – olives from our own trees and sweet wine made by friends in the village. We spent the rest of the afternoon, until it was dark, cooking and eating the various courses of the one meal we have on that day. Here are some of the dishes we ate: