Panier of Plenty

January 2014

Welcome to the visual diary for January…

From The Forest

Welcoming the rain

Welcoming the rain

Tiny pool below the bergerie

Tiny stream below the bergerie

Leaves fill the river

Leaves fill the river

Helibores starting to flower

Helibores starting to flower

Lining the forest road

Lining the forest road

Hazelnut trees by the river

Hazelnut trees by the river

Belvédère, 8th January

Belvédère, 8th January

Belvédère view (towards road)

Belvédère view (towards road)

View to peak

View to peak

Above the 'entrée maritime'

Above the ‘entrée maritime’

Sea mist, over plains below

Sea mist, over plains below

Entrée maritime, sea mist

The bergerie

In The Garden

8th January. A beautiful calm day as we float above the mist that has obscured the plains below, the air filled with the sound of cowbells. Sighted a squirrel dashing across the lawn, the first to be seen so close to the house and a brown species whereas there are many black ones in the forest. I have been digging up carrots; we still have two small rows in the earth.

The foundations of my atelier are being laid…

Foundations, 17th January

Foundations, 17th January

Imagining the view

Imagining the view

Inspection

Inspection

Each day I am excited to see the progress, and now the first windows are in place, along with the beginnings of a roof. It has been raining – and it never rains – causing a few delays, but the wind is quickly drying everything off at the same time as providing an additional challenge as the panels are caught by gusts…

Roof completed, 28th January

Roof completed, 28th January

Exploring The Region

New Year's Day, Port Vendres

New Year’s Day, Port Vendres

New Year's Day, Collioure

New Year’s Day, Collioure

Flamenco guitar, fanfare bands and accordions: the pedestrian streets of Collioure came alive with music on New Year’s Day. A few brave souls ventured into the chill waters of the Med, artists were out in force and the calm clear day invited strollers, breathing in the light sea breeze to wash away the cobwebs of the past year…

Canigou, 17th January

Canigou, 17th January

Walking along the ‘voie verte’ from Le Boulou towards Maureillas.

On The Menu

The ‘Galette des Rois’ or ‘King cake’… time to share a flaky pastry gâteau (often filled with frangipane), in the hope of finding the fève (figurine) hidden inside and being crowned (an ornate golden cardboard crown is sold with each galette).

Mandarins, freshly squeezed oranges, beetroot, leeks, carrots…

The olives we harvested in December are still soaking in water that is being changed each day; the next project on the list is to start bottling…

Mina, olives

January 14th. Post: Experimenting

The second batch, 16th

The second batch, 16th

Part of a Christmas hamper…

A selection of terrines

A selection of terrines

After a visit to the neighbour’s… merci Madeleine…

Goose eggs

Goose eggs

At Home

Mas Reste, 8!th January

Mas Reste, 8th January

Grape vines used for wood

Grape vines used for wood

Vines are continuously renewed and left by the roadside for the
passer-by – they burn well on the BBQ.

Waiting at the door

Waiting at the door

10th January. Célestine is growing quickly and curious about
everything that goes on…

Amaryllis 'Aphrodite' flowering again

Amaryllis ‘Aphrodite’ flowering again

20th January. Two magnificent flowers have just opened at the
same time.

Amaryllis Aphrodite, four blooms

Amaryllis Aphrodite, four blooms

Trained to hunt

Trained to hunt

Hunting season is nearly over – we have had lost dogs and hunters arriving
from the surrounding forest as they chase danglier…

Spectacular stormy skies

Spectacular stormy skies

24th January. Days of unsettled conditions have their advantages; the light is magnificent as the stones of the mas are lit ‘rose’ and the view to the horizon is like watching a fire suddenly flare along the ridge that marks the border with Spain.

View towards Canigou

View towards Canigou

Snowy peaks just visible

Snowy peaks just visible

The ridge: Spanish border

The ridge: Spanish border

30th January. We ate lunch outside yesterday as it was sunny and calm; today there is a chill wind and snow on the peaks above – such an extreme change…

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