Here are some recent pictures taken in the back corner of our yard. It's the northwest corner, and there are no houses over on that side, just woods and vines. Now a big patch of the woods has been cut down. Back in July, we started working on this ourselves, to make sure the brambles didn't pull our lightweight fence down. Maybe we wasted our time and effort.
The electric company's crew cut a wide swath under their wires right next to our property.
As I mentioned yesterday, the electric company (ERDF) sent out a crew to clear the brush under the wires that come up the hill from the river valley to supply the nine houses in our hamlet with current. The wires run around our yard — along the north side and then around the west end. The land on the north side of our property doesn't belong to us, and it is not tended at all by its owner.
Callie of course needs to explore and sniff around anything that changes in her environment.
I think I've noticed a pattern. I believe EFDF sends out a crew every five years to cut down the trees that might be growing up into the wires. I believe the last time was in 2007, but I haven't yet been able to find any photos of it from that time. I can't remember what month it was when they did the job.
Looking through the bare branches of the plum tree out into the vineyard
The back corner of the yard has always been a problem. We can't quite figure out what to do with it. A few years ago we planted a good crop of potatoes on a little plot of land back there that was the previous owners' compost pile. And one year I successfully planted greens (collards, mustard, and chard) on the same plot. Then I planted a plum tree back there, and it has grown tall but hasn't yet produced much fruit.
This year's greens, slightly slug-infested because of mild temperatures and abundant rains
Today is a shopping day. The Carrefour Market over in Montrichard has fattened ducks (canards gras) on sale — whole ducks or parts — at really tempting prices, but it's too late for us because we cooked a canard last week. SuperU in Saint-Aignan has extra-lean beef roasts on sale, and I have an idea for bœuf à la ficelle cooked with ginger, rice wine, soy sauce, and Asian spices. More on that later.