Chilly, grey days such as today are fertile for the mind wandering down the path to Spring! Spring with its many delights. Here are a few delights from my village and from nearby Albas (sheep) to turn your thoughts to warmer days. Last but certainly not least, I offer a few photos from one of the greatest gardens of all, Giverny. Today the photos can do the talking.
Spring is just around the corner and we have much to appreciate when it arrives.
In the pockets of garrigue (scrubland) about the south of France, the land is ideal for raising sheep.
Each year when the sheep are being sheared of their thick wooly coats, villagers and others from surrounding villages
will gather for the event. One more distinction that I have noticed about France and the French is that they can take something that most would consider a chore (shearing) and turn it into a party. They have such a passion for life in all its facets.
In Albas vendors will have booths selling fromage (cheese) made from sheep’s milk, crepes, tickets for the meal that will be served later (ewe on the spit). You can purchase scarves, caps and sweaters made from the wool.
There is a Petting Zoo set up for the children, music for dancing and a local band that parades about the village.
Several Milk-fed Lambs (4-6 weeks old) are prepared and secured to spits then cooked over open fires. During cooking, they are brushed frequently with a mixture of herbs and locally produced olive oil. They will be served with pomme de terre (potatoes), vegetable, salad, cheese and a dessert which was tart aux pomme (apple tart). Being France, there are bottles of wine (rouge and rose) on the tables along with water. After the meal is finished you are offered café.
There is dancing until late into the night and everyone is included as you can see by these photos.