The last Sunday in April is the usual kick off date for the flower fair season, so yesterday we took a trip out to the really very beautiful Chateau at Neuvic which hosts a little plant fair in its grounds.
These local fairs are just perfect for me. There's generally something of everything, from rare perennials, cacti and succulents, pottery and woodwork through to massive displays of annuals and bedding plants, take your pick.
These little festivals of flowers are really very sociable affairs. The smaller village fetes particularly so. At 12 noon the only thoughts are that of lunch. Generally rows of trestle tables are laid, carafes of wine are placed out and service commences. All very convivial.
Over the coming weeks there will be pretty spring markets everywhere. My personal favourite is a two day event held around the grounds of the 12th century abbey in Cadouin, another of the French 'plus beaux villages'. All those beautiful stalls surrounding an impressive Romanesque church :- The Abbey at Cadouin is registered on UNESCO’s World Inheritance list under the heading of Compostelle Paths in France.
France has a wonderful market culture and the French are very, very good at it!