I took a trip with friends recently – we went to visit La Pepiniere du Bosc, a specialist plant nursery near Lodeve. Since it is a little way away, we decided to make a day of it. The nursery has a very interesting selection of plants – we were all keen to buy some plants before the nursery closed for the season at the end of April. We all found more or less what we wanted. I bought some raspberry and gooseberry plants for my garden, along with a kaki tree (diospyros kaki or persimmon), which are all planted in my garden now. 🙂
Here are a couple of unusual insect hotels, which were for sale at the nursery:
We had timed our visit to the nursery so that we could have lunch at La Petite Fringale in Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquiere. The name of the restaurant translates (very loosely) to: “slightly peckish” or “snack attack”.
We found a shady spot for the car – the plants didn’t want to get too hot – and walked to the restaurant. On the way, we saw a somewhat unusual steeple – I had never seen one with a kind of ‘hat’ over the bell!
As the day was beautiful and sunny, the tables had been set on the terrace. We had a lovely view from our table! And no, before you ask – I did not use a filter, nor did I play with the colour saturation – the sky really was that blue!!
These were our main courses:
And finally, desserts:
The food was absolutely delicious and the service was friendly and relaxed. The restaurant does not have a fixed price menu, but our three courses came to 20 Euros per head – I felt that was very good value! If you are planning to eat at La Petite Fringale, make sure you book – it does get very busy and seating capacity is limited.
After that wonderful lunch, we went to visit the priory of Saint-Michel-de Grandmont – I’ll tell you about that next week! 🙂