May Day! Sending "Muguets"

May Day! May Day! I can hardly believe it’s already May. And today is a special day in France. It’s a day to give a lily-of-the-valley to someone special to you. At every corner of streets, there are “Muguets” (lily-of-the-valley) venders on this day. Passers-by stop and buy one or several thinking of their loved ones.

Last year, we were at Grandma Colette’s back yard to get a lot of muguets. And also some more flowers to decorate our room.

The previous day, we returned from Paris. There, I met an acquaintance who has read my Japanese blog. She gave me a beautiful Kouglof as a gift. That was probably only one occasion to meet her, so it was a special Kouglof!

It was really yummy. All of the family enjoyed this blessing.

There is Mimi the cat in the yard of Grandma Colette. She patrols her territory.

There is a big cherry tree which I collected these flowers to cure them in sea salt to preserve for some Japanese delicacies. But, when we left for Japan, I forgot the preserved Sakura of Grandma Colette’s garden. Quel domage!

Mimi seems enjoying walking on the Sakura carpet.

We left from Grandma Colette’s place and headed for a forest to find wild Muguets. My father-in-law told us wild ones were really wonderful with strong fragrance. I never saw wild lilies-of-the-valley, so we went Muguets hunting.
At first, there was no luck. We wondered in several forests without success. But finally, I found one!

We went in further to find a huge group of Muguets! A big success at last!
I hope you all have a Happy Muguet Day! May all blessings be upon you.


  1. What a lovely Muguets! Also love the Mimi's back pose;)
    Congrats on your first book, Kiki! I was one of them who was waiting for your recipe book for a long long time..I can't wait to have it!

  2. Yep, I miss the flowers. Mimi, she's photogenic, isn't she? Even from up-front, she's such a beauty. Really??? You've been waiting for it? Thank you! I hope you like it.

  3. I don't know how you find the time to post English blog as well!
    The photos are just beautiful.

  4. Hi kaori, well, it's my escape to write something in English. I guess I sort out myself by doing so. laugh!