Cherries, variety “Imperiale”

Cherries, variety “Imperiale”

Yum yum! Growers in the village sell these at the road side, though this year the crop hasn’t been as good as usual. As a sign of how France’s agriculture and country livelihoods have changed, a generation ago, there were some 20 separate cherry producers in this village alone – Belgentier was famous for its cherries – and their stalls were lined up outside the village selling on the road. Nowadays, you will only find the head of the village boar hunt and his wife sitting at their table in the lay-by selling to passers-by, and maybe a couple of...
Olives almost flowering

Olives almost flowering

It will not be long before the olives start flowering. This photo shows a Cayon variety in growth stage E, where the corolla, ie the petals, and chalice are visible and the peduncle, the light supporting stalk, lengthens. The buds are not far from opening. This year, so far, the flower clusters are thick on the...
Grass Cutting

Grass Cutting

We cleaned up the restanques (terraces) below the house which had been damaged by fire two years ago, re-forming the trees and cutting all the grass. The weather pattern seems to have set fine and we expect more grass growth before the definitive annual grass cut can be made at the end of May/start of June, but this makes a good...

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