I was struck afresh this summer by how beautiful Provence’s Luberon is at every time of day: the quality of light brings different elements forward, brilliant blue skies to amber dusks, white heat to warm golden tones. Cradled in the hills, or cooled by brilliant green streams in the valley, the ancient village buildings are all the more beautiful for their chalky-crumbling imperfections.
Life here is good, nature is oh-so bountiful under those ripening skies. Each day a visual feast is offered up within the daily cycle of life, a Provencal palette, here it is:
As I descend for morning croissants ( a tad late admittedly – those shutters- work a treat).
Stuffed with the freshest eggs, lemon zest and all the rest
Of course … amidst the daily markets there is the lure of the ‘antiquaire’, impossible to resist…
Where confit and olive pots reflect nature’s palette
the Luberon’s ochre hills and green vines
or is it the berries, surely they inspired the village shop – my last stop
Soft plaster tones reflecting the heat
Call for a shady spot, I love the ‘little old ladies’ one
beside Succulent window boxes
Back in the white-heat of lunch, it’s possibly Rosé-time, I’ll raise a glass to Van day Truex
In the shade of those camouflaged plane trees,
While wondering why I didn’t buy those inviting vintage linens
For languid siestas behind closed shutters
it’s truly hot out there
And although those green valley rivers look inviting
I know how cold they are, I’ll settle for holiday maker’s poolside
Finally the day is spent, the heat retreats, leaving a golden glow
on a landscape that
Photos taken July/August 2012
‘Provencal Palettes’ for the home to follow.
Isle sur la Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Sivergues, Lourmarin, Oppede le Vieux, Bonnieux, Goult, Coustellet, Menerbes in the Luberon.