Sunday, August 29, 2010
Many of our guests choose to holiday in the Luberon to take advantage of the endless walking opportunities that are literally on our door step.
This map shows the walks that are marked, all starting in the village and of various lengths and to suit both casual and experienced walkers.
Not surprisingly the most popular time for walkers is Spring & Autumn avoiding the peak heat in July & August and taking advantage of the breath taking colours that each season produces.
We have a particular favourite, and with the August air cooled by a Mistral wind we set off this morning to Villars a small picturesque village about 5 kms away.
The walk meanders through Cherry Orchards and Vineyards where there is a great view of the village of St Saturnin Les Apt
The grapes are almost ready for the Vendage, normally mid September.
The fruit trees are bearing juicy plums.
And there are some lovely houses to admire
And very attractive houses
Approaching the village of Villars with the wash house at the entrance.
The quiet back streets of the village conceal two restaurants, a bar and boulangerie.
This cabanon provides a little refurbishment project!
Enless vines soon ready for picking
And finally home!
A beautiful Sunday and a beautiful walk!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
The lavender this year has been spectacular.
And this it's first year, it was planted in June 2009.
But all good things have to come to an end....
It's time to give it a hair cut , changing the sweeping blue flowers into neat hedge hogs!
After after cutting it all you then begin the task of stripping the heads to get the grain.
(how my life has changed!)
To achieve this! now you know how those scented sachets get their filling!
And it leaves the garden looking tidy!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
August sees the peak of tourism in Provence with a large influx of Parisians, Belgians and Dutch. Indeed English voices are conspicuous by their absence.
In the warm light winds you will hear the Cicadas, the sound of laughter, conversations and cutlery clinking against plates as many alfresco meals are enjoyed.
The Tuesday morning market is popular and busy, with locals and tourists together enjoying the atmosphere.
Plenty of time to sit at a bar and enjoy a coffee or beer and watch life go by.
And indulge in one or two purchases.
Before coming back to relax by the pool!
Friday, August 06, 2010
|The view from Les cerisiers that inspired our guest John Chamberlain to write this poem|
Consciousness, rising through sleep, plateaus, becomes known
Darkness of closed eyes hears crickets polyphony
Chanting into the hot, l’après du midi air
Which gusts suddenly, but briefly, rustling the plane trees.
Brilliant azure light burns eyelids with memories of sunflowers
Hilltop monasteries, fields of vines, white clad Mount Ventoux
Magical clouds, merlot and cherries
Cheese, asparagus, garlic, and olives.
Mistral opens my eyes to a garden full of flowers
White, blue, pink and green among the grey-faun stones
Below, the pool, shimmering blue and black shadows
Beyond, orchard trees, a myriad of greens, dancing an ancient galliard.
Across the valley, the deep purple mass of the Luberon Hills
Arc skywards into my ever descending sleep.
My last thought, this wonderful symphony of the senses will be reprised
Awaking on the terrace of Les Cerisiers.
© John Chamberlain
29 July 2010