Sunday, 22 May 2016

L'Abbaye Nouvelle

L'Abbaye Nouvelle (the new abbey, although it dates from the 13th century) between Sarlat and Gourdon, is the most beautiful venue imaginable in which to hold a garden/plant fete. It's also the biggest of the local plant fairs with a fifty plus nurserys and horticulteurs from all over France.

The sun shone last Sunday.

Willy de Wilde was there from Pepiniere du Lac des Joncs, I've blogged about him before here

Les Senteurs du Quercy, specialists in plants for dry places plus holding an enormous collection of Iris, were doing a brisk trade. I've bought on-line from them previously, the plants always arrive swiftly and in excellent condition. I say this not in receipt for anything from them, just simply because they're passionate about what they do.

A very pleasant way to spend a weekend, there are a few more plant fairs scheduled until the end of June and then again in the Autumn, beginning in early October.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Short Video Tour

I took a quick video tour of part of the garden but was unable to load it up on blogger??? However I loaded it successfully to facebook. to view click here.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Les Printanières de la Brande

The first weekend in May heralds the start of the garden fair season throughout France. We always make a visit to the fete at La Brande, Fouleix which is about thirty minutes drive from here at Le Banquet.

The Jardins de la Brande is a specialist shrub nursery which hosts this two day plant fair in beautiful surroundings known as the woodland gardens of 'Hortus and Sylve'. 

With a huge selection of plants from over forty specialist 'producteurs', together with artisans, artists and crafts people Les Printanières de la Brande  is one of the most interesting places to spend a weekend in the glorious May sunshine! 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Fete de la Truffe - Sarlat 2016

It's that time of year again when Sarlat celebrates all things truffle. The annual Truffle fair, organised and in conjunction with the Académie Culinere, is a gastronomic treat which in the words of the academy 'is defended jealously to the point of dedicating the entire weekend to the truffle and foie gras'. That's the translation from the French, you get the picture, this is a serious business.

Suffice to say that this event is one culinary extravaganza - so I'll let the photos do the talking.

I have no idea who this is. I guess he's a very noble fella.

2016 is off to a good start!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year from Les Eyzies!

I made a great start to 2016 taking one of the many walks in and around Les Eyzies. I climbed ever higher above the Vezere valley admiring the jaw dropping views down to the river and the many rock faces whose caves were once dwellings for ancient civilisations thousands of years ago.

Apart from a deep sense of pre-history, the area is one of outstanding natural beauty. Occasionally the path would open out into glades of every shade of green, populated by boxwoods and ferns, the trees covered in lichen and moss - a sure indicator or of good air quality- breathe deep!

I think my 2016 resolution should be to take in more of these walks - Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas in Sarlat

Take a Christmas stroll through Sarlat's medieval streets with me.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas.