Thursday, 2 August 2007
August in the Languedoc
It's here, it's finally arrived, August in France. Is it just me or is the whole world and his wife on holiday ? The bustling markets of Limoux and Mirepoix are packed to the gills with people meandering enjoying the ambiance and fine weather, hovering over the award winning displays of cheeses and fresh produce laid out to entice and delight. My usual patisserie in Montreal which bakes the best baguettes in the area and always has a queue now has a line snaking even further than usual. Fresh eclairs sit quietly oozing their dollops of chocolate or coffee creme pâtissiére whilst the apple slices glisten with their glaze. They don't wait long for there is always an enthusiastic and eager face peering down at them, who counts calories on holiday ?
The picture today is rather significant and for those who can read between the lines you will notice that I am careful there is light at the end of the tunnel, it would be churlish to post a picture of a hamster on its wheel anyway !!
Yesterday I took time out for lunch with His Lordship at the clinique where I am happy to report that all is well. On every table there was the obligatory carafe of red wine considered in France to be a sovereign remedy for all ailments. Even here the holiday spirit prevails which leaves me wondering, am I the only person in France working ?