Don’t you just love September? It’s my favourite month with all its autumnal majesty. Here in Semur the days remain sunny and warm but the cool misty mornings and clear crisp evenings make enduring summer heat waves all worthwhile. The leaves are turning and already I can smell the sweet scent of chestnut fires burning somewhere in the distance. I tell you it’s magic.

I know that this will all too quickly be replaced by a long gray winter so I’m frantically trying to spend as much time as possible soaking in the pleasures of fall. Sunday we woke to a glorious day and decided that we’d finally get over to see a chateau in Lantilly, a town just around the corner. For some reason we hadn’t managed to drag our pastry laden arses over there yet and once there my suspicions that we are the worst tourists in the history of French tourism were confirmed.

The weekend before last all the chateaux in France were fully open for viewing and admission was free. What was I doing? I don’t even remember but I bet it involved eating. And this weekend the chateau closest to us was now closed for the season. Merde. But as we drove home we passed through a pretty village called Grignon not far from Semur I saw the perfect place for a fall fix. So I hopped out of the car and raced down the lane.

Then I turned my back to the road to capture this vista…. Continue reading “Open Season” »