Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring colors

We just returned from a long weekend with friends in Aquitaine, and since we were lucky enough to have the first really warm and summery days, we could almost watch the leaves coming out
Baby peppers from nearby Spain (Wash and dry, place on a baking tray and sprinkle with olive oil. Toss and place under a very hot grill until the skin develops golden spots. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve)

Wild flowers from the wood, picked by DS
 

With a view to the snowcapped Pyrénées
 


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24 comments:

  1. What gorgeous Spring photos! Such a lovely view out to the Pyrénées too. Here spring seems to be finally on its way, and it can't come soon enough!

    Those peppers, olives and bread look delicious, as does that glass of something sparkling. :)

    Spring is probably my favourite time of year, and I love seeing the leaves unfurl and the buds blossom. I think the fact that it is so late here makes me appreciate it all the more.

    Have a lovely week!

    Melusine x

    PS: I don't know if you saw my earlier comment re my lovely cashmere scarf, but since it was my mother's (she kindly gave me one since she had two of the same design, although different colours), I'm not sure just what the name is. I will try to find out the name and colourway. Hoping we are scarf twins! :)

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    1. Many thanks for the lovely and kind comment, dear Melusine. Hope spring is well on it's way by know! Re the cashmere scarf, perhaps you did not see my reply...if you could email me a pic, I might be able to help identifying the design (maitaicollection@orange.fr) It would be lovely to be scarf twins with you :-) Have a wonderful weekend ahead, hopefully filled with warm spring sunshine!

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  2. Oh this is a vision of spring and new life, I think we are a week behind you.

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    1. Hope spring has caught up by now, have a beautiful weekend!

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  3. Enjoy your spring dear Mai Tai, we are enjoying autumn 'down under'. I think spring and autumn are wonderful.

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    1. The 'big' season changes are my favorite ones too, and particularly love autumn! Have a very happy one :-)

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  4. Mhm, yummy! I can almost taste the bread and the olives ;-)
    Have a wonderful spring :-)

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    1. Have a wonderful spring too, deary Happy!

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  5. Beautiful images: fresh bread, olives, champagne. One could almost smell the freshness of the food and the delicious Occitan air... thank you!

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    1. Many thanks for the lovely comment, so happy you enjoyed the images. As Barbara A said, the simple pleasures are the best of all.

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  6. Great photos and I especially like your champagne glasses, they remind me of the ones Ina Garten uses on her show 'Barefoot Contessa.' Thanks for this post! XO, Jill

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Love the champagne glasses too, but they weren't mine (we stayed with friends). Enjoy a great weekend!

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  7. This proves that the simplest things in life are the most luxurious of all!
    Happy Spring Mai Tai!
    Barbara A

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    1. This is so very true, dear Barbara. Happy spring to you too!

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  8. Beautiful pictures which remind me same parts in Provence. We were going each year before I can smell the olives' fresh bread, and the songs of birds. Monica

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    1. So nice to hear that the pictures brought back some good memories, dear Monica! The olives look (and tasted) exactly like Picholines from our area...

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  9. Mmmm!!!! Everything looks delicious and I am sure it tasted great! To good food, champagne and Spring!
    Have a good remaining week, my dear MaiTai! Spring hugs, M xx

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    1. The taste was as wonderful as the look, my dearest Manuela! Have a wonderful weekend ahead. Bisous and hugs xx

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  10. ooooh, you make me miss france and the cote basque, this is where we spend our summer holidays every year (at the lac d´hossegor), my favorite place to be is guethary and of course biarritz for people watching. also love going to san sebastian for a little bit of shopping and pintxos...

    hope you had a great time! i have to wait until august, counting days...

    xx doro

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    1. Your summer holidays sound like the perfect mix, how wonderful to have this to look forward to every year! San Sebastian is definitely on my list, and not too far from our friends. Hopefully next time!

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  11. Simple pleasures and time spent with friends...so easy and relaxed! So happy you had this little break together! Nature never disappoints. Spring has taken her own sweet time in your neck of the woods now honoring you in all of her glory . A toast with the bubbly indeed, T xx

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    1. These are truly some of the happiest moments in life, my darling Trudye! Hope Nature is showering you with beautiful and special moments this weekend, wishing you a must wonderful time away xx

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  12. stunningly beautiful - speaking of nature (of course), but also of your delightful and very inspiring pics, which you've arranged so nicely in these beautiful shades of green. ;-) Happy to read, you had a relaxing and fun time! hugs, Macs

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    1. Aww, many thanks my dear Macs! Green hugs to you, and a wonderful weekend! xx

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