Another year and another end of summer at La Maison – our holiday home in SW France. And if it had been a stressful summer for me (see earlier blog post!), it had been even worse for the local tomato crops. According to our neighbour Serge, the residents of our local hood had all suffered at the hands of Blight or simply a lack of sunlight and this was to be the worse tomato summer Gensac had seen this decade. Indeed by now we are usually over-run with local produce from our various neighbours but this summer only the ‘Pere de le Maire’ (Father of the Mayor) paid regular visits with veg. And as he is 92 we suspect it was more for the chat than the handing over of courgettes and onions.
“Daddy, its the Pere de le Maire again,” eldest son, Arthur would shout on a weekly basis in a french accent that owes more to his numerous weeks in South East London than to his summers in SW France!
But aside from losing my job, and the tomato plant crisis – it was a great summer. No, really it was! The sun shone and we spent lots of happy days at our local lake The Lac D’Aignan which has slides and a fresh water lake to swim in AND an amazing cafe that sells prawns the size of lobsters and you don’t even need one of those finger bowls with lemon in, as you can just jump in the lake when you’ve got yourself covered in prawn juice!
Or the lake at Marciac where our new friends Kevin and Ali (who in a small world way were introduced to us via some mutual friends who read this blog! Which in itself makes the blogging worthwhile no?) let Seb and Arthur walk their dogs. And promptly lose their dog’s new ball.
And once we’d taken a turn of the lake and caught up on our mutual summer news, good and bad, K and A took us to possibly the best restaurant we have been to since buying La Maison so I thought I should share it with you – should you ever be in SW France!
In a tiny town called Bassoues only twenty minutes drive from us and minutes from Kevin and Ali’s house is a restaurant in the village square of a medieval village. Called, Restaurant Du Centre it has no website so here is the tripadvisor link. It serves only three things every day and they all come with chips (top marks from the kids). They of course also come with wine and for four courses of this feast you are charged just €12! And we confessed to Kevin and Ali that we would actually be stealing it as our favourite restaurant and bringing all our friends here and passing it off as our own find! (They assured us they were fine with this, which was just as well because when we arrived there the following week with our visiting friends Caroline, Johnny and their three children – who should we bump into but Kevin and Ali. French villages they’re just like, well, villages really – heaven forbid if I really did embark on that affair with Roman the handsome french builder who came to mend our roof…..