If you think of a Frenchman what image immediately comes to mind? Could it be something like this?
This was a familiar site in Britain prior to the 1970's and for many, the only time they came across a Frenchman. These French onion sellers were known as "Onion Johnnies" and would sell their famous pink onions from door to door. Does anyone remember seeing this? I remember my mother in law telling me about them. There is a wonderful 4 minute video told in English and French here.
This week a boat sailed into West Bay from Roscoff in France, it was full of Frenchmen and onions!
They were taking part in a 4 day festival to remember this old tradition.The Frenchmen would arrive in this country in July or August and return to France around Christmas. The peak of the trade was in the 1920's when 1,400 Johnnies managed to sell 9,000 tons of onions.
It was lovely to see and also to buy a string of onions, unfortunately we didn't have enough time to see them cycling away together from the harbour - hopefully they will return again next year.
We forgot that the clocks were turning back one hour this weekend, so with the sun shining it was good to get out early for a walk down by the sea. Even the sheep looked at bit startled to see us up so early!
It was beautiful on the beach and a moment to treasure, as the nights start drawing in. I'm not looking forward to driving home from work in the dark tomorrow and for the next few months.
Wishing you a good week, until next time.