By Peter Mayle

ISBN-10: 0307755495

ISBN-13: 9780307755490

During this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it's wish to discover a long-cherished dream and really movement right into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse within the distant kingdom of the Lubéron together with his spouse and huge canines. He endures January's frosty mistral because it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets and techniques of goat racing during the center of city, and delights within the wonderful nearby food. A yr in Provence transports us into the entire earthy pleasures of Provençal existence and shall we us stay vicariously at a pace ruled by way of seasons, no longer through days.

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After all, we were in Provence. We had been here often before as tourists, desperate for our annual ration of two or three weeks of true heat and sharp light. Always when we left, with peeling noses and regret, we promised ourselves that one day we would live here. We had talked about it during the long gray winters and the damp green summers, looked with an addict’s longing at photographs of village markets and vineyards, dreamed of being woken up by the sun slanting through the bedroom window.

Plates were then wiped with pieces torn from the two-foot loaves in the middle of the table, and the next course came out. There were pâtés of rabbit, boar, and thrush. There was a chunky, pork-based terrine laced with marc. There were saucissons spotted with peppercorns. There were tiny sweet onions marinated in a fresh tomato sauce. Plates were wiped once more and duck was brought in. The slivers of magret that appear, arranged in fan formation and lapped by an elegant smear of sauce on the refined tables of nouvelle cuisine—these were nowhere to be seen.

It’s this weather. ” He looked around for his hat, retrieved it from his head, and covered the phone again, hiding the bad news. He returned to the business at hand. ” I had made a detailed drawing of our table, marking all the measurements carefully in meters and centimeters. For someone with the artistic flair of a five-year-old, it was a masterpiece. Pierrot looked at it briefly, squinting at the figures, and shook his head. “Non. For a piece of stone this size, it needs to be twice as thick.

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