Autumn at Puy-Leonard High Quality Gite

It’s the time of harvest, romantic weekends walking through falling leaves and beautiful sunsets overlooking the multicoloured flora and fauna. 

The rain has brought back the gorgeous green to the surrounding fields, the trees are slowly but surely starting to change colour ready to put on their best fiery display, and the wildlife is getting ready for winter.

At Puy-Leonard the wood has been ordered and log burners are being lit once again

Salads are being replaced by gorgeous comfort food and our gite is being prepared for winter after another glorious Summer season. Whilst the sun still pokes his head out now and again, it is truly starting to feel Autumnal in our little part of France. 

There is something truly special about the change of seasons, and the Autumn light in the Charente, Vienne and Deux Sevres countryside is truly magical!

The Autumn in the Charente is magical

From the end of September to the end of November the weather is often mild in most of the Charente – warm in the day with a chill at night and it’s the perfect chance to take some wonderful photos.

The leaves on the trees change colour turning from lush green to gold, orange, yellow and deep red. The summer flowers start to fade, the roses are still going strong into November, and the grass is verdant. The fields of wheat and maize are ploughed, and winter veg comes into its own – bright pumpkins, purple cabbages, turnips and in my part of northern France sugar beet which is pulled and left in huge piles to mature with the frost.

The different villages all bask in the gorgeous warm colours of autumn, a burst of colour before the winter starts and brings snow falls – covering everything in its white blanket.

As the nights turn cooler, the stars in the clear sky are brighter than ever and shooting stars flit openly as owls hoot in the trees, happy that the sun is going down earlier and there’s more time to hunt as food becomes scarcer with the cold.

Autumn fruits and vegetables

For us it’s also about pumpkins. Almost everyone in rural France grows vegetables and cucurbits (squashes and pumpkins all their different forms. People swap recipes for pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and pumpkin marmalade (which is delicious!). 

Autumn is also about apples but making home brewed cider is banned. Apparently, people used to get too merry to go to work so the authorities passed a law against creating the potent alcoholic apple juice at home. 

Nobody takes any notice, because when you walk around the local villages in the Charente, you can actually smell cider fumes coming from barns and outbuildings. 

Autumn in France – just perfect…