Driving through the South of France and seeing endless fields of golden sunflowers whizz past our window was one of my pinch-me-now-is-this-for-real moments. There were hundreds, perhaps even thousands of them, carpets of intense yellow for as far as the eye could see and as soon as we drove past our first I squealed ‘SUNFLOWERS!’ and simultaneously almost caused poor Mister Ruffles to crash our hire car. I’ve always wanted to have my photo taken in a field of sunflowers and I knew that they were prevalent in Gascony – the region of France we visited – but I wasn’t quite sure whether they’d be anywhere near where we staying. Luckily for me though, there was an enormous field and it was literally right behind the chateau we were staying in!
I’d imagined myself frolicking through the field in a whimsical and carefree way, however the reality was quite different. For some reason or another the bugs in France are next-level big – like enormously, frighteningly monstrously big – and the field of sunflowers was ram-a-jammed-full of them, cue lots of girly screaming from me as a beetle decided to take refuge INSIDE my dress at one particular point. Eurgh. Another issue to contend with was that the sunflowers were deceptively close together, forming a dense and prickly maze to try and negotiate, which meant frolicking really was out of the question and instead I had to adopt more of a tentative shuffle to venture in. The trials and tribulations of rural outfit posts hey! Bugs and prickly bits aside though, I had a lot of fun and my crisp white cotton shirt-dress from Primark was ideal for the blisteringly hot French sun. Paired with a sunhat from Beyond Retro I felt like I brought a touch of Riviera Chic to the French countryside, although I have to confess to using it as an impromptu fly-swat on a few occasions after being accosted by multiple rogue insects!