A day at the beach
Off we went on a gorgeous blue-sky Sunday, headed toward the coastal étangs southwest of Gruissan. An étang is a small lake or pond, quite often man-made for purposes such as agriculture, salt harvesting, or even medieval civic water projects. On this day, we parked just beyond the local saltworks (a salin), which has probably been in use since Roman times.
We walked along the narrow paths defining the rectangular ponds, eyeing pink flamingos in the distance. Eventually, we came to a wide expanse of wild beach. The day was cool, and we were happy to have the warm sun, also feeling lucky to not have the normal high winds.
I was especially delighted to find a vast area of small dunes, untouched, steadily changing shape under the tender hands of a light breeze.
Love and romance
From luscious roses to street art kisses, I have a variety of photographs to choose from for Valentine’s Day. Click on the photos below to see all the ways I can help you say “I love you.”
Many years ago, my friend Candace introduced me to the idea of putting pomegranate seeds into a salad. I’ve been hooked ever since. The seeds add rich color and zippy flavor during what can otherwise be a, shall we say, quiet season for salads.
For this version, I matched the pomegranate seeds with a gorgeous red endive called “Carmine,” plus pear slices, pistachios, and some crumbled blue cheese. A little drizzle of olive oil, and voilà, a colorful, flavorful salad to beat the mid-winter blahs.