Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Gardens

To celebrate the last day of 2010, the dogs and I decided to take a walk along the river. We made the loop uphill past the mairie, then down to Jean's to check her mail. We crossed the D662 to the farmers' access road and walked upstream along the Lot. The river makes a big turn here, and there are places where it is deep and green and calm, the white cliffs of the causse reflecting in it like an Impressionist painting. Lucie decided to go for a swim and paddled out from the bank until I called her back. I think she would have attempted to swim across, but I couldn't risk her getting caught in the swift current mid-river. I love this walk because it goes past the farmer's winter garden. Lots of villagers keep winter potagers; I can smell the lettuce and the 'green' fragrance when I walk past them This farmer grows leeks, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, and spinach in his garden. It looked like the broccoli was done and some leeks had just been harvested. Someone is having tasty leek and potato soup tonight, I'll bet!
I've always wanted to keep a winter garden, but usually by the time summer is over, I'm pretty much 'gardened' out. Do you have a winter garden? What do you grow?

Not only did the dogs get a run (and Lucie, a swim!), but the temperature was mild enough that I  got to peel off a layer of fleece Life is so much better when I don't have to bundle up like Nanook of the North!

1 comment:

  1. Happy New Year, Evelyn! I have an aerogarden and Josh and I are growing basil and parsley..I wish we could go grow more!