Upmarket / downmarket

Friday in Carmaux is market day, to which local growers bring the freshest seasonal fruit and vegetables (including wild asparagus foraged from the hedgerows) and where regional traders sell tangy cheeses, spicy cured meats and fragrant spices. What’s more, you can see some spectacularly tacky clothing.  You can forget Parisien chic – down here, the women like their coffee […]

The kitchen garden

As a non-gardener (you can’t imagine the shame I feel in writing those words – I’m an embarrassment to myself, not to mention my green-fingered family), I am lost in the midst of a horticultural conversation.  As my mother will tell anyone, a frequently uttered comment as a teenager was “bloody clematis” (or something along […]

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