Another day of travelling to get to our destination for the next week. More deserted roads, more wheat and corn fields, and now we are seeing limousin cattle in the fields. We travel in and out of a few departements (districts) today : through the Creuse region with its deserted country roads, the chestnut trees of the Perigord, the Quercy region with all the straw, and in the Lot the sunflowers, vines and fruit trees.
Lunch in a small village where the ouvriers (workmen) eat. This is such a good idea, great for the restaurants because it’s guaranteed business, the workers’ lunch is paid for by the companies and they get a 3 course meal (with wine! Yikes!!) and at least an hour’s break. I’m not sure about the wine – a carafe each – for the truckies for example!! Mais c’est la vie francaise! At least we didn’t have to have the set menu , a small salad sufficed. And for that, we were grateful, because normally when one orders a salad, the large plate is full to overflowing!!
We arrived at our home for the next week, in a small village on the borders of Tarn et Garonne, Lot, and Quercy ; Puylaroque. A delightful house, large upstairs living room and cool tiles on the floor downstairs in the kitchen/dining room – great to walk on with bare feet in the heat! The small sheltered courtyard garden with it’s lavender, herbs and an apricot tree with ripe ripe fruit, was completely secluded and not overlooked. Perfect place to eat lunch or have aperitifs before an evening meal en plein air.
The bar/tabac around the corner also has a small grocery store and sells baguettes for breakfast – for those lazy bods who prefer not to walk to the GREAT bakery over a kilometre away down the hill. More about the bakery later ! The butcher is right next door to the apartment and has a superb range of food including pizza pieces and saucisson en pate (sounds much more exciting than sausage roll!!), and a very wide range of meats. And, as everywhere, there is a pharmacy across the road with it’s flashing green cross signage, which also displays the day, date, and current temperature – in the 30s centigrade most days.
The village is on a hill with the church at the top – of course! – and a viewpoint by the church with a magnificent panoramic view.
So I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the little excursions we will make from our base here in Puylaroque.