Friday 20 June 2014

La Fête de la Musique

Every year the whole of France celebrates the summer solstice with La Fête de la Musique. Every town and village will stage some sort of live music for the community tomorrow.

Les Débranchés last year in Preuilly -- an ideal choice for the event if only the weather had co-operated.
Last year the weather was cold (people were wearing overcoats!) and threatening to rain. Preuilly had a good three piece band who played jazz and blues, but the event was not a great success. I think people stayed home because it was outdoors and the weather was poor. It was a shame for the band and the organisers.

Fête de la Musique in the town hall square 2013, Preuilly-sur-Claise.
Let's hope this year will be better!

It is a blues band, starting at 7pm and there will be food and drink available. See you in the Hotel de Ville car park!
A la cuisine hier: Chicken and spring cabbage soup, made with red lentils, celeriac, carrots and homegrown onions.
Au jardin hier: The tomatoes are beginning to flower and those from the aged orchard neighbor are looking most robust. A few baby zucchini are beginning to form, and tiny little peppers. The beetroot and chard are looking excellent and we will soon be able to cut leaves from them. The celery is looking fine, but it's way too early to tell if it will turn out alright. The aubergine seem to be alright but are still being munched by something eating their leaves -- no flowers yet. The potatoes are powering away, with lots of leaves on thick stems, starting to flower. The 'wildflower' mix sown amongst the potatoes is also starting to flower -- just Californian Poppies so far, but a mystery pinky-purple thing not to far behind. I picked a couple of meals worth of broad beans, a few strawberries and a punnet of perfect Géant sweet cherries. That will be it for our sweet cherries this year and we ate the lot after dinner. The onions and garlic are just about ready to pull. Various berries have well formed fruit but will be a while yet before they are ripe. Plums, apples and pears looking good.

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