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Lynn Deasy is a freelance writer, author, foodie, and garden tinkerer. She lives in a 600 year old house in southern France with her husband, Christophe. Currently, she is looking for a literary agent for her memoir CA VA? STORIES FROM RURAL LIFE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE which examines the oddities of French provincial living from an outsider’s point of view through a series of adventures that provide more than a fair share of frustration, education, admiration, and blisters…. yes, lots and lots of blisters. Lynn blogs every Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Now that the winds have died down and the sun has decided to shine, the weather seems more appropriate for the season.  Sitting in the garden on a lazy afternoon beckons a glass of white wine and some of the fruits of the season, most notable, cherries. 

Cherries are one of the first fruits to appear annually, and while there are numerous cherry trees throughout the village, the fruits aren’t yet ripe due to the altitude.  However, cherries are abundantly found just about everywhere else.  There are numerous festivals dedicated to the cherry alone, and one of the most notable in the region is in the town of Céret, which is considered the “French cherry capital”.  Like many small town festivals, it has baking competitions, (the clafoutis; a type of custard tart filled with fresh cherries) and the probably very amusing stone spitting contests.  Each year, it produces close to 4,000 tons of cherries, offering its first cherries of the season to the French President.

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