So when we bought our house in Jarnac, we forewent a yard in lieu of being in the middle of it all. Any kind of green. While it is great for low maintenance and an even easier lock & leave property, we have only a small courtyard off the kitchen, which has a 3 meter wall and it can feel somewhat shaded at times.
But. We have an alley. A very long one. In the middle of Jarnac's pedestrian zone. A shortcut really, for people to walk through from one end to the other. When I came back for lunch from an all day auction today (how french is that??), I suggested to set up the small table in that alley and have lunch in the sun.
Maybe Victoria was skeptic to start with, but she already sits there every day to soak up some rays. Why not eat outside as well. So we did. Nothing major, the usual cold cuts and salad, ideal for this time of year when the sun beats down and you don't want to eat heavy lunches.
It was so nice in fact, that I am planning to put a larger table in the alley permanently, if Madame la Policier me laisser that is. She started ticketing cars a while ago that park at the end of our alley, behind the bollard.
It's for fire and rescue access she explained. not that any trucks could fit in that alley space....but if she says so, we smile and agree.
In case there is an emergency along that way (we are the only ones who live in that alley), there will be a table full of food and wine ready for the Pompiers after the rescue mission.
NO DRIVE THROUGH
IT'S A LONG HOUSE
IL NOUS MANQUE DU ROSE
PATE ESPELETTE, ROSBEEF, CHEESE, OLIVES & JAMBON BAYONNE
LE SALAD, BIEN SURE
BACK ENTRANCE TO THE UNION CAFE