Bonne Fete du Premier Mai!!
Bonjour to all our readers!
We are fast approaching May day. It’s the Fete du Travail or Fete des Travailleurs (National Labour Day) and a public bank holiday in France, but it’s also the celebration of the start of the Spring season.
A long standing custom here in the Loire Valley is to buy or pick sprigs of Lily of the Valley as a ‘Port-Bonheur’ (lucky charm) for your friends, neighbours and loved ones, and they call it La Fete du Muguet (Lily of the Valley Day).
These beautiful little bunches of fragrant spring flowers are on sale leading up to May Day in shops and supermarkets, either as cut flowers or as plants in little pots. They are indeed a perfect gift for anyone even though they are only last a few days.
We are so lucky to have lots of these delightful perfumed flowers in our garden at Le Clos des Guyons.
They fill the air with their aroma as you walk from the courtyard into the garden and soon and I will be making pretty bunches for our neighbours in rue du Moulin and, of course, our gite guests too!!
Another sign of Spring (albiet very late this year), is the masses of Asparagus that are growing at an amazing rate in the hot sunshine. Brian clears the bed in the morning and the next day there is as much again. They’re clearly making up for lost time.
And so in accordance with French customs (of which there are many), here’s wishing you all a Happy May Day!!
‘Bonne Fete du Muguet’
Sheila and Brian
PS. A lovely balmy evening, sitting on “la terrace” heavy with the aromas of our Wisteria and Lilac trees. We have a chilled glass of Franck Bimont’s “Vente du Nord”‘ in hand and listening to a Nightingale singing his head off from the top of a huge Walnut tree! Heaven!