The lavender in the garden at Le Diamant Noir, Aups, is in full bloom, so we decided it was time to go to the lavender fields. We were not to be disappointed. Our route took us up onto the lavender plateau on the edge of the Lac Sainte Croix. We drove through the honey capital of Riez and onto Valensole.

Lavender in full bloom on the Valensole plateau


Life in rural Provence revolves  around the rythmn of the seasons. Up on the plateau the agronomists were highly active the grain harvest was underway. The scenery was beautiful, with a patchwork of lavender, golden fields of ripened barley and here and there sunflowers. What a sight!  The combination of colours was magnificent.


With pulled off the road for a picnic lunch of pan bagnat, typically provencal, and listened to the honey bees gathering nectar from the lavender.  Families cycled past, as we basked in the sunshine- an ideal route for cycling through the fields of lavender.


On the road between Moustiers Sainte Marie and Sainte Croix du Verdon we were lucky to find both sunflowers and lavender on either side of the road.

A real provencal treat- Lavender and sunflowers in one view!


We drove back via the Lac Sainte Croix, which was as still as a mill pond  and beautiful as ever.


Back home for a glass of chilled rosé under the pergola!

We feel privileged to live in such a diverse  area.


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