This is our two bedroom cottage in Epinac once again owned by English people.
We left behind the flat countryside of the Loire Valley that is used mainly for growing crops.
The countryside around us as we drove towards Burgundy completely changed with very pretty rolling hills covered with deep green pasture or golden Rape Seed crops in full bloom.
Dotted in the green pastures are groups of white Charolais cattle. They seem to be very sociable cattle and are always in tight-knit groups making a lovely contrast to their green surroundings.
Of course we needed supplies straight away and there was a Sunday market in nearby Chagny so off we went.
And what a market it was !
It wound through the streets of this tiny town filled with all sorts of goodies.
You would never find food displayed like this in Oz because of the heat and flies- especially chicken but these were roasting away merrily in the open air .
Then we came upon the strawberries!
Strawberries grown in a cold climate are a divine taste experience for Queenslanders.
Everyone was busy getting their week's supplies.
Lots of exotic looking food that was strange to us
and some prepared in different ways!
We soon joined in buying our supplies testing our limited French but helped along by friendly stallholders willing to overlook our poor grasp of their language.
This asparagas was new to us - huge white spears. I managed to ask how to cook it and was given instructions with words and gestures to boil it " like ze pasta" for 15 minutes.
So off we went to our new "home" for the week with all our booty.
Didn't we do well ?
And the asparagus?
I cooked it as instructed and it was delicious !