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Monday 9 March 2009

Printemps enfin - Spring at Last - Endlich Frühling

Notre prunier, mars 2009

Six weeks after the mimosas flowering in Bormes les Mimosas, spring is finally arriving in the valleys beyond the coast line. It came about a week later than last year, and the blossoming is not quite as abundant this year.
The image above is of our mirabelle tree. It has lost a few branches in storms and seems to have produced a ton of fruit last year in order to ensure procreation. Luckily it survived both storms and over-abundant fruit production (leading to the loss of more branches), but is flowering with a lot more parsimony this year

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Sunday 1 February 2009

Vineyards and the Massif des Maures at Gonfaron

Gonfaron Massif des Maures

Fog clearing below the Massif des Maures
Nebel lichtet sich am Fuss des Massif des Maures
Le brouillard se lève au pied du Massif des Maures

31 January marked the end of the season for "season greetings" in France. This extended season gives French people a lot more time than those in most other countries to recover from celebrations before sending their New Year's wishes. It shows we have a different sense of time. (I say "we" since I have adapted a long time ago. Having to be exactly on time has become a strain...)
So it is time, even in France, to follow the greetings-entry of this blog with a new posting.

Even though we have already had a glimpse of spring last Sunday (25 January) seeing the mimosas blossom in Bormes les Mimosas, let us first come back to the spot that figured on the greeting card in the last posting.

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