Look what they've done to the pond out back. They scraped it all out, removing all the invasive jussie plant that had almost entirely filled the waterhole up. My photo was taken even before the work was finished, so I'll have to take another one this afternoon.
The town does this to the pond periodically, I think. It's just maintenance. When we moved here 12 years ago, the pond looked kind of like it does above. That's a neighbor's old farmhouse in the photo. And here's an unusual photo (for me) of our house, showing the woodpile, rain barrels, clothesline, and carport.
And just because this is France, here's a set of morning walk photos in bleu-blanc-rouge.