Summer started 7 days ago.
Bring it on.
Days have been a little warm, but some gorgeous evenings. Oh the joy to sit outside on the patio with a glass of Crémant and watch the sun set (no mosquitoes- well maybe one)
To celebrate the first day of summer, usually the 21st of June, France has the Festival of Music (Fête de Musique). Villages all over France have some sort of a music program for the evening. It could be the local chorale group, or some other musician from the village. The larger cities have multiple venues, trying to appeal to everyone. Most of these concerts are free, many outdoors on a plaza.
Actually, June has been very, very dry. It rained last night. The grass was brown, and crunched when you walked on it. What a relief to get some rain. Unfortunately, it was very stormy. We had a little hail (grele) here at our house, fingers crossed that it was not worse somewhere else here in the wine country.
Went on a walk the first part of the month. This year things are blooming early. And there in the woods was one of the prettiest wild flowers. It is called the Lis Martagon -name in french (lily family). The deer love to eat the early blossoms, so we found many with stems and leaves and no flower.
I am working at using my old macro lens from the old camera that used film. It does not have auto focus,and the F-stop (aperture opening) does not show, so I have just started to learn how to use this old lens on the digital camera.
|Lis Martagon - not macro|
|This was later in the month when it was very dry|
The flower is smaller and paler.
|Look at all the pollen on this butterfly's wings!|
|Macro lens...need to use more depth of field.|
I will get there!!
|Photo out the back door.(telephoto)|
|My little garden..vineyard is behind the garden [not ours :-( ]|
I should start to harvest a few things soon.(zucchini already coming in)
Herbs all over the place and I use them daily
|Path (or foresters road) lined with flower|
Probably Queen Anne's Lace
|This is called Laser de France (laserpitium gallicum)|
|Orchid "orchis pyramidal" -not macro|
|The insect is called Zygene (Zygaena filipendula)|
|butterfly _ Le Demi-Deuil (Melanargia galathea)|
|Another orchis pyramidal|
|Wild sage ( macro and need to work on F stop!!)|
|Macro play again...tomato flowers|
|This is with the macro...more depth of field YEAH!|
Mid month the Association had an outing (sortie). 18 from the club went west to see Guédelon.
|The person who takes care of the lock lives here.|
|Canal boat beyond the lock tied up for a rest|
It is about 2 1/2 hours to Guédelon from Gevrey. We arrived and went into the site. Each explored on their own for a good 2 hours. Although we had had hot weather, the day was a little cooler and most of the artisans are in the wooded area, so it was cooler. I have a couple of photos here, but will probably put some out soon on Flickr ( I have over 100). The connection will be in next months Blog. It is a very interesting site and the artisans will talk and explain what they are doing. Enjoyed our day out very much.
Think of all the things needed to make a castle and how would you do it?
|Hauling up a load of stones (left). Note the guy|
in the cage who "walks" the wheel to work the pulleys.
|Ebony And Ivory Live Together In Perfect Harmony|
They have a lot of animals at the site that roam freely
|Hand made wagon, castle in the background|
We celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. We decided to go to a Michelin one star restaurant. OH- LA- LA. We went for lunch on the 27th just south in a village called Tournus.
Keith thinks they are actively working on trying for 2 stars, because the food was wonderful, the service incredible and the food presentation extraordinary!
Started with the "Amuse Bouche" ( amuse the mouth). My mouth was very amused. Five or six little tantalizing bites.
I am trying to figure out the entré ( this is the course before the main plate). It was whipped egg white, with the egg yolk in the center. Done sort of like a cocotte, but with a whipped egg white. Will have to try a few things! The white was so white, not browned from cooking..of course there was a lot more to this dish. On top were escargots done in a wonderful sauce de noisettes (hazel nut sauce).
There are now 4 one Michelin star restaurants in this little village.
|Outside, church tower|
|View of church (parked cars made it hard|
to take a photo!)
Keith went off on another bike ride mid June. The trains or rather the conductors of the trains were on strike*, so he could not go as far as he wanted. He road south west, and stayed out for 5 days. The strike was over and he could come back by train. This is his second camping trip for this year.
* strikes here seem to be a national pass time!! Always something on strike!!!!!!!!
|The lady in mourning is done in mosaic|
The Assoc is also looking at trying to have a book written on the restoration of the chateau. It is a major project and not sure if we can do it or not! Yikes the money alone needed to do this, then finding the historians that are willing to write a chapter or so!! as they say in french "on verra" (one will see).
Recipe of the Month
Summer Pasta Salad
This is a great salad for summer, and so easy.
- Fusilli pasta, generous 1 cup dry pasta
- Small can of corn (individual serving size - about 4 oz)
- Small can of kidney beans ("")
- 1/2 chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 chopped red onion
- one tomato chopped
- Feta cheese optional
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- 1 tsp chopped jalapeno pepper or hot red pepper (OPTIONAL)
1. Cook pasta according to directions
2. Mix the Honey-Lime dressing
3. Mix pasta, corn, beans and dressing
4. After it cools, add the rest of the ingredients
5 Add some crumbled feta cheese if you want
6. Refrigerate and let the flavors soak in for 2 hours minimum