A wet fête turns sunny

For a few days, I had been worried about today’s Fête du Printemps, or Spring Festival (Sunday, March 18). Why? Simply because of the weather forecast, which was calling for quite chilly and wet (or at least overcast) conditions. Sadly, the forecast was correct, at first.

This was Daglan’s third such festival, which has included a variety of activities (including a lunch) but which is primarily a chance for gardeners to stock up on this spring’s flowers, trees, flowering trees, shrubs and other plants.

Around noon today, I went up to our main square, the Place de la Liberté, for a look around, and as I walked out our front door, a bit of drizzle started coming down. Still, there were some lovely flowers for sale, like this row of plants, placed in front of the village church:

A good selection of bright flowers.

In several locations through the village, there were stalls selling shrubs and small trees, like this collection:

On offer, ornamental shrubs and plants.

And despite the somewhat gloomy weather, there were a fair number of buyers around, checking the merchandise:

There’s buyers under those umbrellas.

The really good news is that as the afternoon wore on, the gloomy weather wore off. Eventually we were all bathed in sunshine, and it looked to my wife Jan and me that the Spring Festival had again been a success.

All along the village’s main road, families were strolling and checking out the wide variety of merchandise available — not just plants, but wine, home-baked breads, dried fruits, leather purses, cotton candy, honey, and much more. Cars were parked all over the place, and the restaurant of Fabrice le Chef seemed to be packed, both inside and out.

This looks like an event worth keeping.

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5 Responses to A wet fête turns sunny

  1. Joe says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to be.
    And the weather was perfect.

  2. Joe says:

    Have you visited the 14th century church of Saint Martin ?
    Is it close by?

    • loren24250 says:

      Sure, that’s actually the name of the Daglan parish church. Right in the centre of the village, and the tallest structure here — the bell tower soars above all else.

  3. Karen Lassman says:

    This makes my “green thumbs” itch!. Don’t you wish you had more areas for plants?

  4. Loren Chudy says:

    Thanks Karen. Yes, just a bit more space would be good. But not too much — gardening eventually turns into work…

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