We’ve been watching this statue of Pan for 6 years at a stone vendor in Cavaillon, at the mouth of the Luberon Valley. Will they sell now at a ‘reasonable’ price, or won’t they? Negotiating with a Frenchman is an interesting experience, you would think he would want to move his stock! But, then maybe no!

In Greek religion and mythology, Pan  is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs.His name originates within the ancient Greek language, from the word paein meaning “to pasture”; the modern word “panic” is derived from the name. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is also recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism and impromptus.

In Roman religion and myth, Pan’s counterpart was Faunus, a nature god who was the father of Bona Dea, sometimes identified as Fauna; he was also closely associated with Sylvanus, due to their similar relationships with woodlands. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Pan became a significant figure in the Romantic movement of western Europe and also in the 20th-century Neopagan movement.

Mont Ventoux presides..

A slow grower, taking seven years to flower, but when it does, it’s spectacular…

In Robion, in the Luberon.

Menerbes.

Les Primeurs – the first of the season : much in demand and highly prized (and priced!).

Then you can get them in miniature as well!

Les Petite Carottes.

Tomatoes of all shapes and sizes and colours

Cherry blossoms in the Luberon

Springtime and it’s time to switch the fountains ON!

 

At this time of the year. the Luberon Valley (the world’s ‘glacé fruit capital), is ablaze with cherry blossoms which erupt for a precious week after the almond blossoms have disappeared.

Lone splendour near Ménerbes.

An ornamental cherry in the Bastide les Amis garden

Looking down from the hill top village of Ménerbes onto cherry orchards

Another view.

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New season Asparagus at  the Apt Market. At 6€ a bunch, you’re paying a premium – it’ll be 4€ or even 2€, in 30 days time!

Les Primeurs – literally meaning, ‘freshness’, are the early season vegetables much sought after by the French. Crowds mass around the market stalls and the supermarkets promote their arrival.

Tradtionally, les primeurs are cooked gently and lightly – no heavily boiled brussel sprouts here. The French want to savour the newness of Spring, the crunch and the flavour.

Pourquoi pas? Why not?

The famous ‘Fraise de Carpentras’ – strawberries from nearby Carpentras.

 

The Church high above Saint Saturnin-le-Apt in the Luberon. Town water reservoir.

Looking out over the Luberon Valley from the reservoir.

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