I got up this morning planning to go into Carpentras to the weekly market, but quickly changed my mind…..
Thanksgiving has come to France. And Non, I did not serve a giant snail to my friends for Thanksgiving dinner. What I did serve was a turkey, which was advertised at Lidl as “de Thanksgiving.”
We know there were no French pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, but it would appear that the French have adopted our holiday. The Lidl turkey was small, very lean, tasty and a bit expensive at €4.59 a kilo, which is about $2.50 a pound.
I love the solitary bees, especially the big black carpenter bees. Mike and Rob sent me a “bee house” for my birthday in February. I hung it up last month, and today discovered that there are already seven bee nurseries occupied. The solitary bees fill the tunnel up with their larva and food, the larva hatches and has food until it becomes a bee. I was so absolutely thrilled to find out the bees were already using it, and its still very early in the season here. In the photo, the holes that are sealed are the ones in which a bee larva is developing. Great!!
As you will know from previous entries on this blog, I had a couple of “pet” green tree frogs in Roquebrun. I’ve missed them! We have had a couple of windy rainy days, and I was outside when I noticed Doris’ plastic tablecloth had blown onto the ground. She is out of town for a week, so I picked it and put it on the table, and look who I found! I was delirious! Even more so when I went back that way in a half hour or so, and look what had happened. That little frog found the green leaf on the plastic tablecloth and placed himself on it for protection! I now need to make sure there is enough water available at all times to make it happy.
Its really spring here. No, really. We’ve had several weeks of warm weather, and there is nothing bad on the horizon. A bit of rain, which is good. The garden is looking good, also looking bad, as it is a work in progress. The forsythia is blooming, and the cherry blossoms indoors are doing the same. Within a few days they will be open on the tree outdoors. I love climate change! I’m going to buy a bunch of broken down deisel cars and just let them run in the garden! OK, maybe not.
I have photos, but have not posted! Posting seems so yesterday, tweeting is the new thing. If only I could say it all in 140 characters. It would be great! Sad! So here is a catch up tweet, the theme is exquisite French taste. This is a photo of an artificial (that goodness) christmas/holiday tree, that was being sold in an upscale nursery/garden store near Avignon. It is fuzzy but at the same time very stiff. Perhaps it is a joke that I don’t get. Enjoy.
We got some snow this morning, not much, but it will most likely melt and freeze again. Driving is not on the agenda.