May 1st

On May 1st it’s a tradition to offer Muguet (lily of the valley) to your friends as a token of good luck and happiness. As the weather has been anything but Springlike those who wish to profit from this custom need to force their plants to be ready on time. Mine is only just beginning to flower.

But yesterday some representatives of the village ‘charity’ called Entr’aide rang the doorbell selling little posies of muguet with a rose. I bought one for CC and another to offer Yvette.

Another annual custom for our village is the Brocante. Today, however, the weather is changeable and it’s nowhere near as crowded as usual. Our road is generally choc a bloc with cars but there are still a few places where people could try to squeeze in.  We did notice on our way to the baker’s this morning that, nearer the action, cars were parked all over the pavements.

The good news was that we didn’t have to push through heaving masses to get to our destination and the baguettes and eclairs were in no danger of being crushed on the return journey.

We did glance at the stalls and found that it was mostly the usual sort of ‘vide greniers’ (in other words a lot of old rubbish) interspersed with several traders offering sweets, clothes, shoes, plants and  baskets plus vans selling chips, drinks, kebabs and icecream. Claude, our ex-gardener was manning a stall and we had given him some stuff from our attic. He greeted us rather mournfully.

“How’s it going?”

“I’ve done 30 euros,” he replied. And the poor chap had been there since 6.30 – in other words for five hours.

Just as we set foot indoors it started to rain heavily and there were several more sharp showers during lunch before the sun made an effort to appear and a bit of blue sky became visible.

According to the weather forecast it’s going to be fine and warm this weekend and all next week but that same ‘meteo’ claimed that it wouldn’t rain here today.


7 Responses to “May 1st”

  1. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Good luck and happiness to you, Sandy.


    Oh, how lovely. Thank you Derek and good luck and happiness to you, A and Beattie too.

  2. Pat Says:

    We have had sharp showers – most unwelcome with Steve painting the gate and Karen scarifying the lawn – don’t ask!
    Our French family gave me LOV but either it is very late or I have lost it alas!

    The muguet is in danger of taking over our garden. The picture on the post was of one corner where I planted a couple two years ago. The other side of that bank is covered in them! Wish I could put some in the post for you.

  3. Keith Says:

    I like browsing around the French brocante markets. I have managed to pick up enough good stuff to create a compleat French bathroom here. I even got some traditional shutters and an inward opening window much to the neighbours amusement!

    The link by Derek has distorted your page. If I were you I would replace it with:

    Its the same page, but with a shorter address, then your page will return to normal.

    Thanks Keith. I’m sure lots of Brocantes have some good stuff but in our village it looks as though people literally ring out the rubbish from the attic and put it on tables. OK, so I know one man’s rubbish can be another man’s antique . . . . .

  4. BearNaked Says:

    Lily of the Valley is one of my favourite flowers and I have tried every year to grow it but have always failed. Maybe this year will be my lucky year. The problem is the rabbit that visits and loves to chew my Lily of the Valley and my Black Eyed Susans. Bad Bunny!! Bad Bunny!!

    our problem is slugs eating everything. The extra wet weather brings them out in their hundreds.
    Happy Birthday!

  5. Richard Says:

    Glad you managed to get to the brocante, even if it was a tad disappointing!

    It was a shame for all the stallholders to have so much rain after all the work of putting up stalls so early in the morning.

  6. Sophie Says:

    Sandy it sounds like you’re speaking Franglais which is great!!!
    I’ve notice in the last two posts you’ve used “profit” instead of “make the most of” and “detach” instead of “taking the lead off”!!!!
    That’s so good it means you’re turning into a Frenhcie ;)!!

  7. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Apologies, Sandy

    Didn’t mean to distort your page!! Thanks, Keith for sorting out!!


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