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Life is just a Bowl of Cherries

sunny 30 °C

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The vines of Languedoc-Roussillon may sag under the weight of grapes in the fall, but at this time of the year it’s the cherries that take the cake. And here is the most traditional of French cherry cakes.
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This cake is called Clafoutis and Jim made it as dessert for a dinner that began with a Salade Caprese, (using marinated cherry tomatoes and mozzarella) followed by a local Languedocien rabbit dish called, Lapin au soupiquet; rabbit cooked in a pot au feu with thyme and garlic and garnished with a pate made from the rabbit’s liver. Round courgettes stuffed with mushrooms topped it off and here’s the result …
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As we meander gently along the canal in Carmen we are constantly reminded of the beauty and bountifulness of this land. Ancient planes, oaks, cherries, and trees of all kind, line the banks like a guard of honour, their giant green parasols shading us from the hot Mediterranean sun. Beyond the trees, vistas of verdant landscape roll across the hillsides to the distant Pyrenean mountains. Vineyards and fields bursting with all manner of crops blanket the countryside and are punctuated occasionally by quaint villages of traditional stone houses clustered around a medieval church.
Here is the laverie, (a communal wash-house), in the canal-side village of Villesequelande….
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Most French towns still maintain spring fed laveries as historical artifacts, (although we have seen them used), but this one is unusual because the women laundered their finery directly in the canal.

The ever changing panorama of the canal make us constantly dash for the camera. Here are a couple of views…
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While the views are stunning, the scents and sounds of this beautiful land give it life. How we wish we could bring you the songs of the nightingales and skylarks and the swish of the water as we cruise along. And if only you could smell the scent of these roses…
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Posted by Hawkson 01:24 Archived in France

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I THINK I WOULD HAVE SKIPPED DINNER AND WAITED FOR THE CHERRY CAKE!!
IT ALL LOOK LOVELY, FRIENDS AND WE'LL SEE YOU IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS... I'm sure you don't want to be reminded of that!

by JOYCE

looks so delicious - the dinner I mean, not doing laundry in the canal.

by janet

The food. The flowers. The canals. What a pleasure it is to have it shared. It is a dreary, dreary June here so far, but the photos transport. Will you really be back in just two weeks? I look forward to the new recipes!

by Tom

OMG! Regina had nothing like that--food or scenery.
Soirée at friends' on the Strand yesterday--rained.
Please sneak some of that weather through customs for us on your return.

by R and B

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