I went out and took a lot of pictures yesterday morning to show what the Saint-Aignan area really looks like this winter. Here's one showing our house and the vineyard out back in black and white (slightly sepia).
It's less colorful most days than some of my recent pictures might have led you to believe. It's still picturesque, though — and atmospheric. There are bright days, and then there are a lot of gray days.
Yesterday afternoon we drove home from the village of Couffy, east of Saint-Aignan, after a long lunch with friends, passing through Châteauvieux and Beauval back to our house at La Renaudière. Most of the route took us through vineyards. A lot of cars (especially LWVs — "little white vans") were parked all along the roads, and a lot of men (des vignerons) were out pruning the vines (les vignes). The weather is damp but mild, and the work has to be done.