Summer and winter squash plants
Walt planted several kinds of squash this year: butternuts, zucchini, potimarrons (little pumpkins), and patidoux (a little round squash called "sweet dumpling"). The plants, as you can see, are looking good.
The squash aren't the only happy plants out there in the garden. Tomatoes and eggplants are growing and starting to ripen. Bell peppers too. We picked the first tomato (photo below) over the weekend.
Tomates et une aubergine
Here's a piece of news that I don't have any photos for. Bertie the black cat seems to have found a friend. Yesterday morning while we were out doing some cleanup work around the yard, we noticed a yellow tabby cat just outside the fence. We're pretty sure that the cat belongs to summertime neighbors from the Paris area who are spending the month of August in their house here in our hamlet.
Bertie and the tabby weren't fighting! They hung out together for an hour or two. The tabby let Walt get close enough for a little caresse. The two cats explored the new path we've cleared along the fence on the north side.
Callie saw them and barked at them, sticking her nose through the fence. The tabby took a swipe at Callie's nose, and the dog went yelping back toward the house. The balance of power may have changed. Too bad the tabby cat will be going back to Paris in a few weeks.