Summer in the Lot

June 14, 2014 by
Filed under: France 

Long hot summer in the Lot?

Well summer has well and truly arrived, it’s been in the early 30’s for the past week with clear blue skies. Summer in the Lot can be very dry, I remember one year it not raining from early May until late November.

We still have the wild orchids in the fields and throughout the forest paths but are now being joined by the gloriously red poppies – quite a mix!

It’s been a busy time trying to finish off our landscaping around the new swimming pool and it won’t really be completed for another couple of weeks. But it‘s really just some more paving slabs that need laying. It is quite hot work in the hot sun so tend to dip in and out the pool to cool off. Bliss.

Aileen has planted lots of shrubs and wild flower seeds so constant watering needed until they get properly established. Weeding isn’t too much of a problem as the dry weather keeps them down.

In our vegetable patch it won’t be long until our twenty five tomato plants will be ready to pick from. This year I’ve planted some old French varieties so can’t wait to taste them. The courgettes are flowering the chillies are ripening and the radices are shooting up. All my hard work is starting to pay off.

We’ve got a wine tour coming up next – no biking just chauffer driven in our minibus between chateaux. It celebrates the original Malbec the Black wine of Cahors with visits to large business like vineries and small family run ones. Our tour was featured a while back in the travel section of the UK Guardian newspaper with a glowing review, (The Guardian Wine Tour Review) there are still some spaces anyone want to join us?

Summer in the Lot with Cahors Black wine?

Summer in the Lot with Cahors Black wine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course we always include a wine tasting tour on our bike tours with our favourite being Domaine de Chantelle our house wine. Their top wine La Passion at around 12 euros direct from them is an absolute bargain compared to wines at twice the price.

Summer in the Lot

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