February is the month we bought our home in Languedoc. I had arrived to finalise the purchase wearing boots and thick woollens and needed to peel off layers of clothing in the Languedoc winter sunshine. I admit to feeling smug. We thought winters were always going to be warm and sunny. What a fantastic life in the sun. Each February since then has brought frost and even a bit of snow.
EDF always save Red Days for February so they can make the most profits out of us as we snuggle up by the log fire. Red Days, you remember are when electricity costs nearly ten times as much as Blue Days.
This year we were prepared for another February cold snap. We had logs up to the eaves. We had gas bottles aplenty. We had a freezer full of ready-prepared meals to save on cooking.
And then the sun came out . . .
And so did the flowers . . .
February 2014 has been the kind of south of France winter everybody dreams of.
Mimosa is earlier than ever.
Japonica is in blossom everywhere.
It makes a stunning contrast with the yellow Mimosa.
One week after the Roquebrun Mimosa festival, we went back to walk by the river without my having to worry about hordes of people banging into my painful arm.
At the restaurant Le Petit Nice we had dish of the day. We make a rule to have dish of the day whatever it is. That way you try things you might not normally choose. So, we had sanglier, wild pig, and very nice it was too marinaded in garlic and thyme and bay. We sat outside on the terrace overlooking the River Orb.
After lunch, a walk by the river and look what we found –
The mineral rich soil in Roquebrun benefits from the village’s unique position and stays warm. In potager gardens along the river lettuces are growing abundantly in the shelter of the rocky mountains.
I simply love this place!
We found a spot where the river was still; the reflections were superb. You can barely discern where the reflection begins.
I think the best time to see reflections like this is before the trees are in full leaf.
But look at this! Last year I posted on March 14th about the early blossom. It’s earlier still this year. Here are the same trees –