Panier of Plenty

March 2017

Welcome to the visual diary for March, celebrating daily life in and around Céret…

Thursday 2nd March. Returning to the path that leads up into the hills behind Céret and back down to Reynes and the Tech river, it was incredible to see the transformation — in just four days — as spring makes its presence known. Still images can never capture the true essence of the wonders on show… the sound of a rushing cascade or the scent of violets permeating the air… joy comes from direct immersion…

Crocuses appear

Crocuses appear

Vibrant blossoms

Vibrant blossoms

Fields of dandelions

Fields of dandelions

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

The roadside

The roadside

Blossoming hedgerow

Blossoming hedgerow

Afternoon light

Afternoon light

Following the river

Following the river

The river bank

The river bank

Tucked in a corner

Tucked in a corner

Streets of Céret

Streets of Céret

Nearly home

Nearly home

Across the Tins ravine

The Tins ravine

The terrace garden

The terrace garden

Returning home. Who’s been eating my garden… ?

Surprise visitor

Surprise visitor

A giant locust

A giant locust

Taking off...

Taking off…

Fromage de chèvre, Mas Coste…

Cheesemaking commences

Cheesemaking commences

Demi-sec chèvre

Sunday 5th March. Crossing the Pyrenean frontière (France-Spain) via the Col d’Ares…

Leaving France behind

It never ceases to amaze me how many ‘different worlds’ there are on the doorstep here. Within a two hour radius, so much is possible. Waking up in the morning, it is easy to make a quick decision and just set off an adventure, responding to the impulse that arises rather than any form of planning.

Snow!

Col d’Ares

The Pyrenean ski station Vallter 2000…

Fresh powder

Vallter 2000 pistes

The picnic view

Descending

Visiting ponies

Feeding

A visit to the Costa Brava, 11th March…

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Casino la Constància

Historic centre

Along the coast

The moon nearly full

Spring…

Primavera

Gardens burst into colour

Rue des Evades

Blossoms everywhere

Ablaze

Passing gardens

In the hills

Canigou

Perfumed air

Greeting chickens

Higher up the hill

Cherry and olive trees

Wild asparagus

Arles-sur-Tech

Tech, as snow melts

Walled garden

Carnaval de Céret, Saturday 18th March…

The festivities commence

Spring chickens

Passing Les Arcades

Rats!

A guest appearance

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Sunday 19th March, Céret…

Off for a picnic

Delights

Les Albères

Merisier

Les Albères, higher up

Oak leaves unfurl

Cherry blossoms

View from our kitchen

Sunday March 26th. Wild asparagus is in season as cultivated asparagus appears in the market. We can now savour garriguette and charlotte strawberries and tiny ‘petit pois’. Days are getting longer – clocks went forward an hour this morning. Blossoms scent the air as leaves unfurl and winter clothes are replaced by lighter layers, filling the air with the spirit of liberation!

Wild asparagus

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