We were forewarned: it won't be pretty at first. But it must be done. Our long-planned garden work started yesterday. The contractor sent us two guys to start cutting back sections of the cherry laurel hedge, cutting back and re-shaping the big bay-leaf bush (Laurus nobilis, called a laurier sauce in French and bay laurel in English), and reducing the height of the row of hazelnut trees in our back yard.
Here are four pictures, with captions. You can see how foggy it was yesterday morning, and how green everything is now because of all the rain we've been having. The afternoon was bright and sunny.
Here's Walt consulting with the gardening contractor, who has found a nice edible mushroom growing near the tall bay-leaf bush.
By mid-morning, the job was under way and the fog got even thicker.
Another before shot...
...and here's what we ended up with. Our view of the vineyard is improved.
We are really hoping that the bay-leaf bush will sprout a lot of new leaves this summer. We depend on those leaves to flavor all the sauces and broths we make in the kitchen. This is just an example of the work, which will continue today.