A New Year & Time for an A-Z

This Today was rather grey here on Dartmoor, a bit dank and moist; one of those days when it seems to start getting dark almost as soon as the clock has chimed mid-day. We certainly look forward to any early signs of Spring & I was really happy to see a first primrose struggling to show itself in our rather bare, grey garden.

It’s always this time of year when my mind turns to Provence and naturally the golden light & colours of the Luberon. This morning there was a delightful photo on twitter from Colonna Marie-France @Kate_Mandou  of a bright blue sky day  on the outskirts of L’Isle Sur La Sorgue.

Photo from outskirts of L'Isle Sur La Sorgue by @Kate_Mandou 04/01/15
Photo from outskirts of L’Isle Sur La Sorgue by @Kate_Mandou 04/01/15

This was quickly followed by the daily weather forecast of sun with a Mistral (lessening in the afternoon). I can’t help but wish I was there.

12 months ago we spent a week in a house at Rustrel (using the excuse of Exeter Chiefs playing Toulon for our visit) and had a wonderful quiet week just before Christmas enjoying warm, bright days, walking between the hilltop villages and pottering round the markets.

View through winter orchards towards Lacoste & Chateau of Marquis de Sade – dec 13
Old Ochre Quarries at Roussillon – Dec 13

It was truly delightful to be there out of season and just reinforced how much I would love to be able to spend more time there.

I keep trying to wean myself away from the area, but to be honest despite having visited many of the regions of France none of them hold my heart as much as the Vaucluse. I retire later this year so hope that we will find more time to spend in the area, but in the mean-time I thought I would spend the next posts running through an A-Z of my favourite things about the area. Some will be about places, but others will be other aspects of the region that have drawn us to it over the years. A few of the letters are proving a bit challenging at the moment so there may be a few bizarre entries, but please bear with me.


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