Today was the annual plant and flower fair in the village of Chanteuges. We’ve been for the past two years, and always picked up a few plants for the garden. It’s especially good for young vegetables, although we’ve had a lot of success growing from seed this year, so we only came away with a couple of courgette plants. Others were taking full advantage of the range of plants on offer.
This year, as an added bonus, it was warm and sunny – I remember being cold last year. It’s a beautiful setting too. Chanteuges is a pretty little village nestling in a river valley, beneath a 12th century Benedictine abbey. In addition to the plants, there were many people selling local crafts, and a stall with wonderful fresh bread and pastries. Altogether, a really lovely way to spend a Sunday morning, with the added bonus of fresh bread for lunch.
The area around us can go a little quiet over the winter, so it’s a real sign of spring when the villages start to wake up again, and hold their fairs, markets and fêtes. Next week is the Bio Fair in the town of Langeac, which is a celebration of locally produced organic food, drink, plants, and crafts. Definitely another date for the diary.