Thursday, 15 August 2013

The hunting season

 
Today is the opening of La Chasse - open season for hunting. Across the region there are wild boar, small animals and birds that don't know what's about to hit them. By the weekend, I can guarantee you, there will be at least one report of an innocent cyclist who has been shot by accident by over-enthusiastic amateurs who (literally) shoot anything that moves across the countryside.
 
Like many of you who love the French countryside, I am addicted to a gentler form of summer hunting: the brocantes and vide-greniers that provide a jumble of rich pickings. A sign on a wayside tree provides the same thrill of the chase as we sling the leather straps of bags across the body and stride out with purpose...(to be continued).

6 comments:

Michel said...

Seems early for hunting season in Provence. I thought it was later in September and into October.

Gill Edwards said...

sounds down right dangerous, keep your head down.

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Hi Michel - the hunting goes on all through the winter, and Sept/Oct is certainly a peak time while the weather is reliably good. August 15th seems to be the equivalent of the "Glorious Twelfth" in Britain, the opening of the grouse season. Though in Provence, it's the poor old sanglier that gets it...

Certainly will, Gill - we walk through the woods at our peril!

An Eye for Detail said...

Oh,... a vide grenier...sure wish I could take in some this fall! Good hunting Deborah!

MuMuGB said...

Well, good brocante hunting then...I hear what you say about hunters, etc...but I gew up on daube de sanglier...and I must admit I loved it!

Sara Louise said...

Oh man! It's hunting season already! I swear my year is divided up into two eating seasons... courgettes followed by sanglier.

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