I met the wonderfully knowledgeable and enthusiastic couple who own the Vallespir’s saffron farm (Domain Casanoveas, Maureillas Las Illas) at a Goat Festival in Arles sur Tech. Their passion for farming was completely evident as they explained how they lovingly raise their crocuses. Each stem is hand-picked and carefully dried in an oven to produce wonderful golden saffron which crumbles in your hand and has such rich earthy aromas.

When we bought Mas Pallagourdi in 2007, in the local tradition, the owner had walked us around the boundary, past a collection of bee hives. “Attention!” he said, raising his hand so that we wouldn’t walk any closer. “They are wild bees, strong bees! Do you want them?”

As usual, PO Life brings you walks, restaurant reviews, recipes, airport news, French and English language exercises, silly jokes, days out…… and a host of talented guest writers who have volunteered (or been volunteered) to be your personal guides around the region.

CSF Sud de France is a French registered charitable association which aims to provide support for English speaking people living in the Aude, Ariège, P-O, Tarn and Tarn et Garonne (east) and who are affected by cancer. This may be as a patient, a family member or carer.

Look out for the new € 50 banknote, in circulation from 4 April 2017 as part of the gradual renewal of the European currency. It was presented by the European Central Bank (ECB) on 5 July 2016..

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