Panier of Plenty

October 2015

Welcome to the visual diary for October…

La Côte Vermeille

La Côte Vermeille

The Mediterranean has cooled down and only the brave are now swimming, yet the beaches are still attracting those who wish to bask in the sun’s warmth in peace. Most holiday-makers have gone home and the rhythm of daily life has altered as days grow shorter, and mornings ‘fresher’. We have been collecting shells for a project, paddling, rock climbing and sitting watching the crystal clear water’s lap into shore, lucky to have an apartment right on the waterfront for a few days…

Looking towards Collioure

Looking towards Collioure

Collioure

Collioure

Le Moulin

Le Moulin

View across to Collioure

Looking across to Collioure

26 degree day

26 degree day

Sunset, towards Port Vendres

Sunset, towards Port Vendres

Cheese-making has just finished for the year, as has my vegetable garden…

Last day, potager

Last day, potager

Autumn's table

Autumn’s table

Chestnuts are ripening and falling in the mountains…

Noix

Noix

Tomatoes taking over my atelier

Tomatoes taking over my atelier

Dessert

Dessert

Back from the market

Back from the market

In the second weekend in October ‘La Fête des Vendanges de Banyuls-sur-Mer’ animates this coastal town as it celebrates the harvest of the ‘terroir de Collioure et Banyuls’ on the Côte Vermeille.

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Banyuls celebrates the grape harvest

Banyuls, monument

Friday 16th October. 8 degrees again at 9am… a sudden surprise after a mild start to the month. The winter duvet has been aired and the heaters are on for the first time. I have been peeling roasted chestnuts and making soup… locals can be seen wearing scarves and gloves… but was amazed to see shorts and short-sleeved shirts worn by the brave few…

Sunday 18th October. The fire is now glowing…

Perpignan, Saturday market

Autumn produce

Saturday 24th October. A change of scene… Perpignan Farmer’s Market, Place de la Républic.

Sunday 25th October. Beautiful warm days are back and we are once again in short sleeves while enjoying the sun… yet days are growing shorter and evenings and mornings cooler… the air has a scent of wood fires and plumes have been rising up between the trees that dominate our view. There was another ‘vide grenier’ this morning and a festive spirit filled the air as sausages sizzled on grills and music had the young ‘dancing in the streets’.

Tuesday 27th October. A warm start, 17 degrees at 9am… then a storm front closed in for the afternoon. Many leaves are falling now, and the ravine below the terrace is changing appearance rapidly. Red ivy lines the wall of the hens garden with its giant walnut tree and the fig tree leaves are now a blaze of bright yellow.

The 'Tins' ravine

The ‘Tins’ ravine

Raining on the rook below

Raining on the rook below

Canigou at Sunset

Canigou at Sunset

From the kitchen, sunset

From the kitchen, sunset

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