Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Garlic sculptures.

What few tourists find their way to this remote part of southern France are long gone. The locals now comfortably settled back into their normal routines away from the prying eyes of Parisians and other sophisticates.

Yesterday marked the start of the two day agricultural fair in the local market town. One of the social highlights of the year. It goes without saying that 'the font' had us there bright and early for the official unveiling and the judging of the garlic sculptures. Early by our standards translates into mid-morning for these farming folk . As Wilf followed me across the concourse, stopping en route to christen the tyres on the display of John Deere tractors, we could see that the beer tent was already doing a brisk trade.

While 'the font' went to listen to the mayors speech and look at the garlic tableaux ( the child on the bench came first, the lady in the crinoline second ) we settled down at a table for a coffee and a bowl of water. With Wilf keeping a watchful eye on the bibulous farmers I was able to study the programme. It appears that at six thirty tonight there is the 'Most adept woman' competition. Clearly this means something to the French but doesn't tell an outside observer a whole lot. I'm hoping this may be a beauty pageant but am equally steeled to the fact that it could be something to do with cooking, or chainsawing. From the way he sniffed the air it was clear that Wilfs hoping that sausages will feature prominently in the 'adept woman' proceedings.


  1. Along, I suspect with Wilf, I am hoping that sausage sculptures will feature in the fair at some point.....
    Toodle pip!

  2. I can hardly wait until tomorrow to see what an "adept" woman would be. And as for garlic sculptures - I hope they don't take on here.

  3. PS In answer to your comment today.
    Most disappointingly, in view of the fact that the main attraction at Bellahouston Park on Thursday was once known as 'God's Rottweiler', dogs are apparently banned from the event....

  4. Great sculptures - clearly made by adept women!

  5. That's some interesting sculptures! And, you are as cute as always! :)


  6. Garlic sculptures. Who'd have thought. Can't wait to find out what 'adept woman' refers to.

    XXXoOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  7. Oh, we are most anxious to discover what being an adept woman entails! Our imaginations reel...ironing a shirt whilst fly-fishing? Reading a map whilst preparing a 4-course meal? Can't wait for the results. (And why isn't "the font" competing?) Do hope Wilf spent his 10 euros on those saucissons!

  8. Sausage sculptures would be a little frightening! I am most curious to know what this competition entails. Perhaps Madame Bay will participate?

  9. Now I'm very curious about what an "adept" woman is. Perhaps it's a female mountain biking competition :) That's the only such contest that I might win!

    The word "bibulous" is one that you use a lot, and I can never remember what it means. I think that the reason is that I don't run into many bibulous folks - you seem to have a lot of them there!

    I do love the season when the tourists go away... That season is almost here for us. We just have to get through "leaf peeping", and then we're on our own!

  10. Garlic sculptures. Cool. Somebody should make a Scottie garlic sculpture. Do you see many Scotties where you live? Roo Roo, Stuart

  11. Wow sculptures with garlic, would have never thought of that. Mom is too busy putting it in everything she makes.


    Mr. Nubbin'

  12. I'm thinking I should move to your town. There's always something going on there. Those scultures are pretty impressive! I would never have thought to create one solely from garlic.

  13. What a super agricultural event! Never would have THOUGHT of making sculptures with garlic! Amazing! Looking forward to the "adept" woman competition, however! Thanks for sharing the great pix of Wilf too - and I'm in his corner about the saucissons!
    Sammie and Avalon

  14. I think I will take the idea of thesculptures for out flower show..can u postmore picturesof these?


  15. Maybe you misunderstood and it's the most 'kept' woman and it's for the 'ladies of the evening' :)

  16. Oh I tinks dose garlic sculptures looks cool! Love da pictures of Wilf today!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  17. I've never even heard of a garlic sculpture! That is amazing. I can't wait to find out about the adept woman. That's too funny!

    Emma Rose