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As I write this, the rain is bucketing down, and the boys have gone off for some extra provisions – so it is a good chance to update you.

We determined to get up early for the town market this morning as we needed more fresh produce. The market starts at 7.30am according to our information, but that was a little optimistic, as when we got down there, the stall holders were just setting up. No problem – we hit the bakery, which was swirling with the heady aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries, and relaxed at the nearby café with a very good coffee, to watch the scene unfold.

The fruit and vegetable stall was set up and ready, so we started there – what a delight to be able to select from such a large range of fresh and vibrantly coloured produce. Fresh parsley was complimentary when we went to the vendor to pay – nice touch!

The fishmonger also threw in a couple of lemons with our purchase of salmon and fresh prawns, and he took the time to explain the varieties of fish on his stall in what he called his school English – delightful. Phil and I indulged ourselves at the olive stall too, unable to fight the temptation.

Our last stop was the flower stall – Frances and I had been waiting to buy flowers at the market- there is such a huge range available, especially beautiful peonies, roses and hydrangeas. Our lounge is now graced with delicate pink peonies, with edges tinged in magenta.

On our return to the villa for breakfast, we decided to explore a few of the other Var villages close by. The weather was looking a bit iffy, and rain was expected, so poolside relaxing didn’t seem imminent. We headed off through the hillside villages of Bargemon and Seillans, finally stopping at Fayence, and it was a great choice. There was a huge market in progress, the sun was shining, and we could see it would be a great place for lunch. Roger successfully negotiated the busy main street and we found a parking spot.

We ambled through the busy and vibrant market stalls, inspecting the wares – we even saw beds on sale! There were some quality items in this market – beautiful Italian leather bags, stylish hats, and the most beautiful pure cotton scarves (made here, not in China as most seem to be).

After lunch in a pretty café where Phil and I share the best pizza we have had in a long time, we returned to the car where we noticed a sign which said ‘ panorama’  so of course, we had to investigate and just as well we did – it lead us to a panoramic view over picturesque terracotta rooftops to the region below, from the iconic hilltop clock tower. Despite having  problems learning to use my new camera, I managed to capture some of it ….