Embracing her new life in France, Antipodean artist Vivienne Cole
finds there is plenty to grace her table.
Learning to make the most of the abundance of produce that comes
with the changing seasons, she is forever discovering how to harness
the ‘bounty of nature’ in the forested paradise she now calls home,
the Pyrénées Orientales.
Antipodean. Noun: personne qui vient d’Australie ou de Nouvelle-Zélande. ‘Panier (basket) of Plenty’ relates to ‘cornucopia’ or horn of plenty, la corne d’abondance
Location: The bergerie of Mas Reste, en route to St Martin d’Albère,
at 500m altitude above Le Perthus (on the French/Spanish border)
Céret is around 30 minutes drive from Mas Reste – one of the Sous-Prefectures of the region, many services are based here. Even though it is a town, at its centre it remains a village, with a medieval heart
16th February, 2015: Of course it is not the destination but the journey that matters, and since I started this site there have been a few changes. In November 2014, I came ‘down the mountain’ and now reside in Céret – all posts after this date reflect the change. Instead of living in l’Albère, I work there, and from spring to autumn make the daily journey to the fromagerie of Mas Coste. The goat’s cheese I mention buying from a neighbour in the section ‘The Menu’ is now made by my own hand. Mina who was my dear fur friend is now ‘in the stars’, but still in my heart, and the panier that is symbolic of the abundance of produce has disappeared! Yet I have a new garden to cultivate at the goat farm, with a view to Canigou, and can still enjoy the bounty of nature, as well as all the benefits of life in a ville that is renowned for its artists and festivals. Célestine was born on August 23rd 2013, and is naturally at the centre of this new adventure as ‘La Vedette’. Enjoy discovering this part of the South, through my eyes…