Saturday, July 1, 2017

Yellow July

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 sunflowers
Sunflowers in Deux Sèvres
Welcome to July, a month where yellow is the predominant colour. The sunflower fields are just starting to burst into a vibrant, sunny yellow.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 wheat
Recently harvested wheat fields Deux Sèvres
The wheat fields have turned a golden yellow.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 rudbeckias
Rudbeckias flowering on our terrace
The garden is alive with yellow. From the zingy, bold rudbeckias brightening up the terrace.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 hollyhocks
White hollyhocks with a hint of yellow
To the more delicate hint of yellow found in the middle of the white hollyhocks.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 fennel
Fennel in flower
The frothy yellow of the fennel is just coming into flower, but is already alive with insects.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 quince
Baby quince in our orchard
The orchard is showing it’s yellow too, with the furry baby quince fruits.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 courgette
Courgette flower in our potager
However it’s the potager where yellow is dominating. The courgette flowers are big, bold and yellow.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 courgette
Winter squash
Giving way to yellow fruits of winter squash, growing bigger by the day.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 courgette patisson
Summer patisson
Not forgetting the dainty fluted summer patisson squash, the first of which I picked for dinner last night.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 moules mussels
Moules
It’s not just our veggies that are yellow at this time of year. It’s moules (mussels) season and these tasty molluscs are our weekly treat, delivered direct to our village market from the Atlantic coast every Thursday.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 organic goat cheese
Organic goat cheese
The organic goat farm in the village has a delicious selection of delicate yellow cheese. Added to salads or grated on pizza, their flavour is fantastic.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 palmiers coffee
Coffee break
My naughty treat is (half) a palmier and a coffee at the local bar. The golden coloured, crisp, sweet patisserie is the perfect accompaniment to a strong black espresso coffee.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 free range egg salad
Egg salad
Even our salad lunches have a bold hint of yellow when topped with a hard-boiled egg, fresh from our free-range happy hens.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 Le Tour Tour de France
#TDF2017
But the most exciting yellow of July is the Tour de France yellow. My favourite yellow t-shirt has been dug out of the drawers once more and I’m looking forward to virtually following the riders as they zig zag their way across France for the next three weeks. We have been lucky to see the Tour live in Tours 2013, London 2014 and Paris 2015, but I’m not sure we will make it to a live stage this year.

If you are new to The Tour,here is a link to my simple guide which might help your enjoyment of a beautiful sport.

French Village Diaries Yellow July #TDF2017 Le Tour Tour de France
Route #TDF2017