Renovation project - Huelgoat market, Brittany
We have a weekly market in Huelgoat, every Thursday, it is not the biggest market but there are some very nice stalls and as the summer arrives you can see the market growing until it expands along the lake. The market consists mainly of vegetable stalls, clothes, Breton goods (such as ornaments, beer and food) we even have an oriental food stall, for those Chinese dishes you may really miss
The stall that always gets my attention is the porc roti stall, now you can buy roast pork on many markets, but here there is a full pig laid out on the counter top and the meat is sliced freshly for you, I have not bought any yet, as I can feel the eyes looking at me and just feel too guilty, I am not a vegetarian, but I have never been able to eat food that is looking at me!
The market is always at its best during April/May as this is when the blossom is in full bloom, and if the sun is shining it really is a pleasant way to spend an hour.
The bars and cafes have started to put their seating areas outside and the town takes on a really lively feeling.
It is also interesting to hear just how many English speakers are in the area, as there must be as many English speakers as French on market day; I have no idea where all these people are on the other days of the week!
But today I have a special reason to visit the market, I am going to buy some plants for the garden (that is a very loose term, as our outdoor space is still a very large pile of rubble) but if I buy the plants now, at least there will be a possibility of having them in bloom for summer when hopefully we will have a garden.
I buy so many, and just pray they will survive until summer, as I am not the best gardener, but luckily Sheila came with me and the stall holder speaks both English and French and helped me choose plants that require little maintenance and are difficult to kill.
I am still not sure about the wisteria that I bought, and John doesn’t help when he accuses me spending 20 Euros on a dead twig! but on a positive note, the old cauldron in the garden will look amazing when the camellia tree grows .
The wisteria is the twig behind the camellia
But time will tell and now all we have to do is make a garden.