Panier of Plenty

June 2014

Welcome to the visual diary for June, highlighting life in the bergerie of Mas Reste. This page will continue to be updated throughout the month …

From The Forest

Discovered fraises des bois lining the road – tiny and delicious wild perfumed strawberries.

Tiny jewels

Tiny jewels

Bergerie from road

Bergerie from road

Tilleul

Tilleul

Harvesting lime blossoms, late afternoon there are less bees…

In The Garden

Potager flower beds

Potager flower beds

Pond visitor

Pond visitor

New colour arrives each day

Sweet peas

'Nigelle'

‘Nigelle’

First picked

First picked

Another artichoke variety

Another artichoke variety

9th June. Picked the first courgette and each day there are handfuls of strawberries and raspberries. Birds are attacking all the ripening cherries on the drive and we will have to be quick…

An evening harvest

An evening harvest

The potting shed is filled with passionfruit…

Thriving inside

Thriving inside

11th June. My atelier is now (almost) organised and ready to host the evenings apéritif…

Late afternoon

Late afternoon

View to the garden

View to the garden

The reading corner

The reading corner

Siesta space

Siesta space

Collected memories

Collected memories

Vide Grenier treasures

Vide Grenier treasures

Tool corner

Tool corner

Workbench shelving

Workbench shelving

Bookshelves

Bookshelves

Antique market finds

Antique market finds

Space for nick-hacks

Space for nick-hacks

Tuesday June 16th. It has cooled down and the raspberries are flourishing, although it is rare for them to make it into a barquette as most go straight into the baby bird beak of Mademoiselle Célestine, who is also partial to freshly-picked cherries and strawberries.

Cherries

Cherries

Raspberries (framboises)

Raspberries (framboises)

24th June. A hail storm! Great claps of thunder and torrential rain has given the garden a good soaking, two days in a row. The cherries have nearly all been stripped by Blue Jays feasting and we are now harvesting cassis, blackberries and green beans, as well as the first courgettes…

Exploring The Region

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Post: 11th June. Spring comes but twice a year…

Latour de Carol

Latour de Carol

Pressing flowers

Pressing flowers

On The Menu

The first artichokes were steamed and eaten leaf by leaf with a red wine vinaigrette…

Dinner entrée

Dinner entrée

At Home

Each night resounds with birdsong (the rossignol and owl from the forest below the bedroom window) and it is now suddenly balmy (which also means the first mosquito!).

Canigou is looking bare as the snow on his upper slopes recedes leaving stripes…

Sunset, end of June

Sunset, end of June

View to Canigou

View to Canigou

Mas Reste

Mas Reste

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