Beignets de Fleurs d’Acacia

Just now, early to mid-May in South West France, as trees, plants and flowers continue the relay race from Spring into Summer, some trees at the edge of fields and woods turn conspicuously white as they become swathed in bunches … Read More

pots of homemade jam from the orchard at Château Plombis

Cherry Season

By chance, yesterday, we found ourselves driving through the Tarn et Garonne countryside slightly further east from Château Plombis.  Although only a 30 minute drive, somehow in this area the hills seem folded together more closely with steeper valleys between … Read More

After the Vent d’Autan

  The sun has just come out after a slow misty start to Sunday.  Today is the 19th of February.  The past few days have been beautifully warm and sunny and the days are getting longer: it is light in … Read More

It’s February, time to start sowing tomatoes

A year ago, last February, Alistair, the gardener-groundsman at Château Plombis, went bananas sowing tomato seeds.  At the time he was cursed by the rest of the family, as every available flat surface in the guardians’ cottage was covered with … Read More

March

March at Plombis is a month of contradiction and delight.  Evenings are clear and cold and a crackling fire still seems like the best idea after dinner.  Fog fills in the valley in the early morning.  But then, the afternoon … Read More

September mornings

As late August turns to early September at Château Plombis, the mornings begin cool and misty, then slowly melt into warm golden days.  On this particular morning, just as the local schools started the new academic year and children gathered … Read More