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Fresh truffles

Posted on February 14th, 2015

A good day yesterday. Temperatures are rising and the snow is finally melting. The truffle man came with his dog to search among our truffle-oak trees, with some small success. Four truffles totalling 100 grams, of which three were the prized tuber melanosporum variety. The fourth was distinctly different, with a dirty, unpleasant aroma. The good ones were found only 50 metres from the house, under a noisetier, a hazelnut tree. Last month he found 500 grams, while we were away in Sydney. Early evening we went to Cavaillon to see The Imitation Game, in version originale, with French subtitles. It’s the story of mathematician Alan Turing who cracked Enigma, the German wartime code machine. One of the most absorbing films I have seen…

Change of scene

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Most of January was spent in Sydney, where the temperature some days rose to 37C. It is never necessary to wear a sweater or coat in the Australian summer and life is spent outdoors. Just two days after our return the Luberon received between 20-40 cm of snow. The first day’s fall was very powdery and clumps of snow collected in the fur of our welsh springer spaniel, Saffy, weighing her down. Blocks formed between her toes preventing our daily walk in the surrounding hills. Subsequent days proved no problem and she revelled in the snow.