Note from Shannon: Please welcome Janet, who is bringing us along with her during her real, cultured food tour of France this summer.
We arrived at our home away from home in the early evening to settle in after a day of travel from northern France. A rancher in the center of Provence, with plenty of green space, olive trees, and all the amenities we could ask for. The pool was out of commission but that’s another story; se la vie.
The next morning, I made myself a cup of tea and wandered around the yard. I was inundated with a sound that was reminiscent of sprinklers, but there were none. The buzzing in the trees continued throughout the entire day, ceasing at dusk. I could not decide whether the noise was comforting or infuriating.
Listening, the sound sometimes was disjointed like a poorly directed orchestra. Other times it was spot on with instruments in harmony together, like a meal coming together with fresh, simple ingredients tantalizing all of the senses.