June 6, 2010


The month of June is pretty near perfect, if you ask me. 

Cherries and apricots and melons arrive at the markets, the mind-numbing summer swelter has yet to hit its stride and on the 21st all of France stops to listen at the Fête de la Musique

Lavender is starting to bloom and the aroma is divine!

Mastering Cheese by Max McCalman finally landed on my doorstep and I'm slowly savoring every word.

The first crop of figs are ripe for the picking.

Blue, blue skies above.

Poppies - they're fading fast, but still brightening up the fields.

Mild-mannered spring garlic is in season.

Al fresco dining has officially begun.

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Leesa said...

Ahhhhh... Alors, ça, c'est la VIE!!! Vivre le mois de juin! On est prêt pour l'été!!!

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

spacedlaw said...

Good point. I have to check out the figs. So much to eat at this time: cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Plus figs. And melons.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Loulou.. Thats the life .. :-) yes your photos say it all... Summer and June !!

Sarah said...

What wonderful pictures, I love open air markets, so vibrant and fresh. I wouldn't mind a bit of that cheese.

Anonymous said...

I'm excited about the cherries and apricots, too! Have you seen the magazine about cheese? I saw it at a local newsstand, and it appears to be just the 2nd issue. I really want to pick up a copy, because I think the idea of an entire magazine devoted to cheese is just plain wonderful.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

We are sooooooo lucky to live in this wonderful country. My figs are not even close though! Diane

Chris said...

Wish I was there! Love the lavender! Stunning photo. And, I can't wait for figs. Love them!

Cathy said...

We are just getting into the summer season here in the Northwest. It's so wonderful to see beautiful produce start to appear in the markets.

Great photos, Loulou. Thanks for sharing.

Emm said...

Oh, those beautiful foods. The figs are just mouth-watering--and the garlic, oh la.

Betty C. said...

June isn't looking quite that good here -- Friday and Saturday were lovely, but then a storm came in and drizzle ensued. I tell myself we need the rain. I agree that June can be glorious, though!

Anonymous said...

I love that the garlic is labeled, "from the Tarn region"...and those figs, oh la :)

HamishWM said...

Fantastic, evocative, happy, fresh, bright, charming pictures. It sure makes a difference when the sun comes out!!!!

Lindsey said...

Beautiful! Honestly, there is nothing like France in the sun. It's a whole different feeling.


Jonny said...

are there really ripe local melons and peaches at the market already? those figs look so good, all they need is a drizzle of lavender scented honey! beautiful shots all.

Chez Loulou said...

I'm ready for summer too! Glad you like the photos.

every week there's something new to enjoy. I love this time of year!

Thanks. Summer in France is heavenly! (unless it is blisteringly hot) :)

The markets are one of my favorite things about France. And the cheese, of course!

Yes I have and have already subscribed. It's a great magazine! You must get a hold of a copy, you'll love it.

Our figs are almost there - it has been a cool spring so they're running a bit late. That photo was taken last year in June, when it was much hotter.
Can't wait til I can take the dogs for a walk and nibble figs from the trees along the way.

I brushed up against a lavender plant this morning and had to stop to enjoy the fragrance.

Glad you enjoyed the photos! And enjoy the markets this summer.

that garlic is absolutely sublime!

We had a huge storm yesterday and lost power as well. Early June weather is always a bit up and down, but mostly up!

I look forward to that spring garlic every year. Makes an incredible light soup.

The sun definitely makes a difference! Thank you for such a nice comment. :)

Merci chérie!
The sun makes a world of difference. Especially after such a long winter.

There are melons and cherries, but not peaches yet. They'll come at the end of the month - this photo was taken at the end of June last year.
Lavender honey - Yes! Or rosemary honey, another of my favorites.

georgiegirl said...

I tested my first Cavaillon melon in June 1997 when I was in Avignon. It has been in my mind since. The best melon ever. I told my husband that I want to be in France in June before I die.

klarakapucine said...

I am counting the days untill the first of July. I will pack my stuff and hurry to the south of France. Knowing that I want to stay forever when I'm there.

Sue said...

Your photos are wonderful - sitting here in the rainy UK I want to pack my bags and set of for la belle france :-)

Isa-Marie said...

Merci pour ces magnifiques photos !

Cream Puff said...

Stunning pictures.

Chez Loulou said...

Aren't those melons amazing? I haven't had one in years, as our local ones are also delicious, but it would be fun to compare their flavors.

How long do you have to wait?

Sorry to say that it has started raining here too. I always remind (and console) myself that the rain is good for the vines. :)

Je vous en prie. merci!

Cream Puff
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them.