Writer in Languedoc has had her short break back in the good old UK. It’s great to see family and friends and revisit old haunts.
Now I’m back to see what’s happening in the vineyards near my home in France.
Here’s this week’s photo of our Mademoiselle Merlot.
Compare photos from previous weeks.
Languedoc weather has been perfect for ripening the grapes. The vineyards look as if they’re ready to burst!
The whites are looking just as luscious.
Looking back toward the village, you can hardly see the houses through lush vine growth.
It’s a waiting game now. A quiet time.
Many holidaymakers have already left. This coming weekend will see the last mass exodus when traffic is nose to tail at the péage. (Road toll)
Only a few visitors remain – retired folks and families with children under school age. Oh, and the bikers. Last week in August sees the Harleys and the Goldwings filling the promenade at Cap d’Agde, their owners occupying all the seats at Moules a Volonté – all you can eat mussels – or oysters. Cap d’Agde is the setting for my summer short story Aquapark Blues. Read it soon before I put up a new story.
When all the summer visitors have left, we get the beaches back to ourselves. Picnic spots are deserted. Touring dance bands are heading north. The noisiest things left are cicadas singing in the trees.
Summer holidays are consigned to memory. Soon, our village will be noisy again, with the sounds of the vendange – bringing in the grapes to the cooperative and I’ll be out and about, bringing you the sights and sounds of the grape harvest courtesy of my trusty little Coolpix. I’m a writer – I always have my camera with me. Besides, I’m one of those people who enjoys spotting something unusual. And, I usually do.
My short break in Norfolk, England brought a few surprises. On a familiar lane I found an unfamiliar sight.
I didn’t expect to see young vineyards stretching across Norfolk fields.
Last time I looked, the place was full of sugar beet!
There are no fruits. The plants are too young, and, I have to say, are looking a little spindly. However, I’m fascinated to find out what they’re growing under Norfolk skies, and, more to the point, what it’s going to taste like.
Oak trees and grape vines in the same shot? Is this the changing face of the Norfolk countryside?
I’ll have to wait and see.
Join me next week when we should have news about the first grape picking.
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