Panier of Plenty

December 2014

Welcome to the visual diary for December, as I adapt to my new surroundings and enjoy life ‘en ville’…

Saturday market

Saturday market

Whereas I used to drive half an hour to visit the bustling Saturday market, now it is almost on my doorstep…

Sunday lunch preparations

Sunday lunch preparations

I can now receive visitors (French), yet had to ask the boulangerie how many baguettes to buy for Sunday lunch…

In my new kitchen

In my new kitchen

Clementines, apples, fennel, avocados, pears, oranges, spinach – it is time for soup and hearty meals as well as the first citrus of the season (from Spain).

In season

In season

Essentials

Essentials

The view has changed – flocks of (migrating?) birds have been using the gumtrees I look out to as a perch… I could easily imagine I am back in Australia…

Footnote: I was correct in guessing these birds were migrating and discovered they were swallows (étourneaux) gathering reserves for their long voyage to Africa. They feasted in the streets of Perpignan, and on surrounding crops (an annual occurrence) before moving on to Céret (a rare visit), creating shimmering waves across terrain as they foraged and momentarily blocking light from the windows, as they whirled past in their thousands. They took every last crocus bulb and snipped the pansies on the terrace, but the spectacle was an incredible one as they wheeled noisily above the ville for days and perched ‘in view’ (once again, from the kitchen table) to preen… the landscape was transformed into a giant aviary.

Gumtrees

Gumtrees

As December commenced we had seemingly endless torrential rain, which resulted in flooding and a great ‘tumbling of leaves’… followed by gale force icy winds (Le Tremontagne) and now a sense of calm returns…

Pouring for days

Pouring for days

The 'arches'

The ‘arches’

After the deluge

After the deluge

Leading to the eglise

Leading to the eglise

Christmas lights started to twinkle with the debut of the month, creating a festive atmosphere each evening, as the trunks of the Plane trees are lit, and strings follow the architectural details of the ramparts…

Rue de la République

Rue de la République

Christmas lights appear

Christmas lights appear

Place de la République

Place de la République

The ramparts

The ramparts

Place des Neuf Jets

Place des Neuf Jets

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