Image: The rose at the bergerie entrance, from which the cutting
was taken, looking up to the Spanish border.
While the panier is still filled with courgettes, tomatoes,
potatoes, green beans and cornichons, this month we are
busy with another little creation that has come to fruition…
Pour la Sainte Rose, une petite rose Célestine est née.
Elle est douce est sans épines,
Son teint frais et délicat,
Son parfum pur et subtil.
Une merveille (Séverine Bachelier, Tante).
As legend has it in France, little girls are found in roses. After
a period of shooting stars, Célestine Vivienne Morgane Bachelier
was born at 12.58am on Friday 23rd August, as the rose cutting taken
last winter bloomed for the very first time in the vegetable garden
– a brilliant red – and as all days on the French calendar are marked
by the feast day of a saint, her birth day is ‘Sainte Rose de Lima’.
Born: Perpignan Hospital, Pyrénées-Orientales
Zodiac: Leo (cusp Virgo)
Célestine: ‘From the skies or heavens’. Crystal celestite (French
célestine). A little mouse in ‘Ernest and Célestine’, a series of
illustrated tales and an animated film (Ernest the bear finds and
adopts Célestine the baby mouse).