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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Now summer's here & the time is right - onion harvest, St-Pol-de-Léon

At long last, after weeks of anxious waiting, the onions are finally ripe & dry for storage. The onion season has come.

François Séité, who'll soon be going on his yearly "onion round" in the Bristol area, has invited me on his St-Pol-de-Léon farm, where onions are still picked by hand, in the traditional way. In this labour-intensive process, he's assisted by friends & family, including his cousin François Quéméneur.

The two François pictured during their 1965 "onion season" in Bristol.

A gleaming white ugly duckling nestling among the rosy golden brood.