Panier of Plenty

March 2016

Welcome to the visual diary for March…

Monday 1st March. Magnificent views to snow-covered mountains and foothills as it snowed again overnight, down to around 600m. High winds have whipped thought and blown away the clouds after a few days of continuous rain, sleet and snow… very, very welcome for spring as we are still in drought…

Friday 4th March. Spring flowers from the roadside…

Grape hyacinths (muscari)

Grape hyacinths (muscari)

Saturday 5th March. Fresh peas at the market…

First of the season

First of the season

About to be shelled

About to be shelled

Very serious

Very concentrated

Sunday March 6th. The streets of the centre ville come alive as the Céret Carnaval begins. To be continued in a week’s time…

Mexican theme

International flavour

Neighbouring chariots

Neighbours

Ballerinas

Graceful ballerinas

From Bar Pablo

View from Bar Pablo

Fascinating floats

Fascinating floats

Saturday 12th March. Market day…

First strawberries (Charlotte)

First strawberries (Charlotte)

Spinach

Spinach

From my neighbour's tree

From my neighbour’s tree

Saturday 12th March. A beautiful day for Céret carnival yet the wind is still ‘coming from the snow’ bringing a chill to the air.

Canigou, early morning

Canigou, early morning

12th March, Céret Carnaval

12th March, Céret Carnaval

Spring arrives in Céret

Spring arrives in Céret

Sunday 20th March. Cycled past cherry blossoms and vines…

Easter has brought more signs of spring as windows display flowers and chicks in preparation for weekend festivities…

Welcoming sunny faces

Welcoming, sunny faces

Wildflowers for Easter

Wildflowers for Easter

An excursion to Las Illas, up in the mountains towards the Spanish border…

Las Illas, forest

Las Illas, forest

Heading home from Las Illas

Heading home from Las Illas

Easter procession in the square

Easter procession in the square

Accompanied by singing

Accompanied by singing

Sunday morning

Easter Sunday

The waning Easter moon

The waning Easter moon

Bonjour Canigou

Bonjour Canigou

As March draws to a close (already!) it has been an ‘exceptional month’ in comparison to previous years — much cooler than usual, cloudy and misty, raining or windy.’Out of character’ from what we are used to in the region; after a very mild winter the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction. There is however, a great budding and leafing commencing after frequent rains, allowing nature to regenerate with welcome humidity, relieving the drought — a cause for celebration…

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