Saturday, April 28, 2012

A French Country Weekend

Fields of colza (rapeseed).
As you know, we live in the countryside west of Paris which puts us in the middle of farmland surrounded by the Rambouillet forrest dotted with small towns and villages. Yes, bucolic seems appropriate.

As the seasons change so do the fields and for me spring is always the most thrilling. All around us as far as the preverbal eye can see are fields of colza (rapeseed) for canola oil or, according to My-Reason-For-Living-In-France, more likely to feed the cows. Next up the same fields will be planted with corn, which out here is definitely grown for livestock and not for human consumption.

In the meantime I'll appreciate my frissons of pleasure as I pass the glorious golden vistas.

Off to the market to see what looks good, then will cut bouquets of lilacs that despite the chill temperatures decided to open their buds.


Oh yes, for breakfast today. . . I had my morning glass of water with fresh lemon juice (just in case it's good for me);  two kiwis peeled and cut in bite-size pieces -- that's the way I like to eat them (are you bored yet?) -- three pieces of cereal/whole grain bread with a little butter and natural apricot jam from the health food store, i.e. no sugar added; and a grand café au lait.

Et voila! I guess that's why the blog books tell us not to write about what we ate for breakfast.

A demain my dear friends.

13 comments:

Leigh said...

I like to hear about what someone has for breakfast :-), I just might get some new ideas. That was just someone's opinion about what not to write about. Lovely photo

Joni said...

I think the "rule" about not sharing what you had for breakfast is silly. I enjoy reading about those sorts of things.

The enchanted home said...

Sounds (and looks) llike a perfect weekend.....the French contryside, a country maket....YES AND YES!

Francine Gardner said...

I love this time of the year in France. Landing in Toulouse last week, I took a photograph from the plane, the landscape of geometric shapes of bright green and yellow looked like a giant cubist painting.

LPC said...

That photo is absolutely gorgeous. We get a similar effect here in California, from we call wild mustard. I wonder if they are related. In any skies, clearly we live under cousin skies.

kathy peck said...

@LPC,
Yes, they are related, from the same plant "family", and I love fields of wild mustard in California too.

And Tish, Your post would be boring if you weren't such a witty writer!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love the read about your French countryside, your market shopping and yes, your breakfast! Is it weird that I had Sushi for breakfast...with no dinner last night..I was hungry!!

hopflower said...

Yes, indeed. Rapeseed is grown in England, too, with the same stunning effects. And we also have the mustard between vines in the vineyards of No. California.

webb said...

...because it would make the rest of us long for kiwis for breakfast? Makes my cereal and strawberries seem pretty pedestrian.

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

Thank you for sharing this beautiful image and I like your breakfast. As a creature of habit, I love to hear what others eat for their meals.
Have a wonderful weekend

Helen xx

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I don't think bored would ever enter my mind when reading your blog.
The rapeseed fields are such a rich shade of yellow and paired with that blue expanse of sky, just lovely.

lrlincks said...

Beautiful photo of the yellow field! I don't think it is weird to write about breakfast either! LOL

Lilly Forever! said...

Beautiful pictures! The french countryside must be charming! Your breakfasts sounds delicious!

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