May 1 is the traditional opening day for Le Thé Vert in Daglan, and that’s about as close as we get to an official start of The Season. From now until the first of October, our village will be packed with tourists, particularly in the months of July and August.
With the tea room-cum-restaurant opening yesterday, it was only natural that my wife Jan and I be among the first clients — and so we enjoyed coffees there with friends Richard, Rosemary and Tish. But for me, today was the main event.
First, a look at Le Thé Vert, as I approached it this morning. The day had started a bit cool and damp, and so the front patio was free of customers; but there are days in the summer when it’s packed to over-flowing, often with cyclists, because the Greater Daglan Area is prime cycling country. Here it is:
I had come with a mission, which was to order the brunch, or full English breakfast. In preparation, I had begun the day at home with just a small yoghurt, half an orange, and coffee. By 10 a.m., when the tea room opens for business, I was ready for the brunch. (I should point out that the brunch is available only on weekend mornings. I should also point out that while Le Thé Vert is open six days a week only from May 1 to October 1, it does offer special events through the year, such as curry nights.)
For nine and a half euros, Le Brunch Anglais (as it’s called on the menu) includes a large glass of orange juice, two slices of toast with jam, scrambled eggs, baked beans (yes!), two slices of bacon, two grilled tomato halves, and coffee. Here’s my serving:
It was, in a word, yummy. And while I’m a hot-breakfast kind of guy, there’s also a Continental version of Le Brunch: tea or coffee, orange juice, two kinds of ham, cheese, hard-boiled egg, cucumber and tomato slices, and a baguette.
So let The Season begin. We’re ready for it.
Back to the wisteria. In my last blog posting before I took a two-week break (which included a trip back to Canada for the wedding of No. 1 Son Michael and the lovely Vanessa), I introduced you to the flower-laden vines at the front of our house. That posting was “Our wisteria wall — Interim report,” on April 13; in it, I promised another look, “once the flowers hit full maturity.”
Unfortunately, I left the photography a little too long, and the flowers have already started to lose their petals. For what it’s worth, here they are, a couple of days ago:
Much of the flowery show is over. But as you can see, the leaves are fully out, and there are new shoots climbing everywhere. It’s about time to get out the clippers, before the vines start trying to break into the house.