some sights #5 – images from the Minervois

the view from Chateau Maris
a view from Chateau Maris
Vendanges
HARVEST!
the eggs!
Now this is crazy (but beautiful) …LES OUEFS! – these are the egg-shaped tanks used to age wine in the Maris winery.
I keep thinking Mork from Ork is going to crack out of one…
inside the new Chateau Maris cellar
Jean-Pierre in the Chateau Maris winery yesterday (the walls are made of hemp!)
harvest in La Liviniere
harvest in La Liviniere
la liviniere
driving from La Liviniere
oncoming 2CV in Rieux
oncoming 2CV in Rieux
DANGER!!  Blonde behind the wheel
DANGER!! Blonde behind the wheel
Homps
Homps
Mauzac Nature 2011
Now this was hard, parting with this bottle today to throw it into the recycling bin.  It was SO delicious!! A sparkling white that almost tasted like a very dry cider. Lucky the bottle was big, it went down so quickly!
(Merci Isabelle et Vincent)
last night's tomatoes
Last night’s tomatoes.
Got to make the most of these babies before the season is out.
Saint Chinian flags
Bleu, Blanc et Rouge in Saint Chinian
pooch parade
pooch parade
carca wine shop
wine shop in Carcassonne
door handle
‘une poignee’ (door handle)
hanging the laundry
hanging out the laundry
European Carpenter Bees
European Carpenter bees in the garden
thongs, flip-flops, claquettes
‘thongs’ in my home (yes, not the ones on your butt), ‘flip-flops’ in the UK and the US, ‘Jandals’ in NZ, ‘slops’ in South Africa, ‘schlapfen’ in Austria… ‘tongs’ or ‘claquettes’ in France. I like this one – Lilas said the name comes from the sound they make as you walk? Anyone know if this is right?
window in Saint Chinian
window with ‘fresh’ flowers
Rebecca's curry
Rebecca’s Kerala Prawn Curry, mmmmmn. The onion bahjis were a knock-out too, but my photo didn’t work out
a house inside a building
a house in a house
Grandma's Pussy
‘Grandma’s Pussy’ – from Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, Series B, Volume 10
…Really!
velo in Rieux
velo in Rieux
sunset
sunset in the garden

some sights from today

Blue!
beautiful colours of blue in Olonzac
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pretty blues

blue sky in Olonzac
Olonzac
bonbons
bonbons at the supermarche
bougainvillea
a house-eating bougainvillea

specialiste propane

Renault 4L
Renault 4L ('Cattrell')

Perez Phillips

Citroen Ami 8
Citroen Ami 8 ('Friend 8')
La Liviniere
back home to our village...
flying low over La Liviniere
...where planes were circling low overhead, monitoring the last gasps of the fire

flying over La Liviniere

so typically French!

chez le coiffeur
the barber shop in Carcassonne

Do you ever find yourself smiling at some of the things you pass by during your day?

I love those moments and have started to record them with my camera.  I can’t help it.  Everything in France seems so exotic to me, being a ‘non-Frenchie’!

Here’s some pics to share with you, but be warned!  There’s a few of them, so I hope you don’t get bored!!

baker at the market
Pierre the baker having a ‘tranquil’ pause at the morning market
Citroen 2CV
A lovely orange 2CV, shining like a beacon in the morning light
citroen 2CV
…those 2CVs are EVERYWHERE!
chien chic
‘Chic Dog’ (you know how they put their words backwards!) – every pooch needs a parlour

pooches

Hotel de Ville de Narbonne
Hotel de Ville in Narbonne flying the Bleu Blanc Rouge
Frenchy frilly bits
Frenchy frilly bits…
hanging out to dry
…and not so frilly bits
les chaussures roses
…les messieurs like a bit of pink too
Mamy Jeanne's recipe book
It’s the real thing! – one of Mamy Jeanne’s much-loved recipe books

…a Mamy Jeanne dish

(& check out the brilliant photo of her!)

our village library
And while we’re on the topic of books, I just love this. It’s the bookshelf in our local village library… gives you a small taste of what the public are reading up on! Recipes, winemaking, a history of Europe, a history of France and, bien sur, a little bit of psychotherapy.  Tres francais.
colon poster
Yes, it’s the GIANT COLON!! Be curious!! Roll up for a visit to the centre of the giant colon!… (thanks for the poster Mat, you know me too well!)
the cheese trolley
Colon health, giant ‘chariots de fromage’ (cheese trolley). Ever heard of the French paradox?
brocante
At the local ‘brocante’. This poor guy got caught, but we still hear his friends in our garden at night
french doorhandle
the doorhandle to one of my favourite brocantes
Cine
a cinema in Limoux (where Blanquette is made)
baguette in a basket
take-away baguette
a trip to the patisserie
Really love this one too. The scene, the clothing (so now!) and the little guy at the back just happens to be some Vigneron I know…
lady of minerve
a regular vision in these villages
les hommes de Toulouse
les messieurs sur les bancs

Still there?  Hope you made it!