It's raining again this morning. Like yesterday morning. Yesterday, though, it was mostly sunny most of the time, with frequent periods of big threatening clouds blowing over, bringing brief downpours of cold rain. Walt said this on his blog a couple of days ago: it feels like we are in a holding pattern. We're waiting for the ground to dry out so that we can plant the vegetable garden. We're waiting for the weather to warm up. We've been waiting for months for the two companies we've contracted with to give us a start date for the work we need to have done in the yard and on the front deck.
Meantime, here's a farewell to the Château de Carrouges — a slideshow finale. This coming Wednesday, May 19, non-essential businesses will be opening up again in France after the latest Covid lockdown. That includes not only cafés and shops but châteaux, museums, and other cultural and tourist attractions. I don't know where I'll go next as far as the blog is concerned. Maybe I'll be able to venture out and take some pictures locally.
There is also some good news on the contractor front. The owner of the landscaping service we hire for hedge trimming and tree removal sent Walt an e-mail yesterday and said he has scheduled our job for late June/early July. There are three trees, maybe four, that need to be taken down before they blow down. Part of one birch already fell and knocked down a section of the fence that keeps the dog in the yard and the deer out. That fence needs repairing so the deer won't come in and feed on our tomato, kale, and zucchini seedlings once we plant them.
We also need to have this overgrown juniper plant dug out. It's 15 to 20 feet (four or five meters) in diameter. Above is a photo from August 2019, when I had been cutting down and pulling out out unwanted plants, including small trees and blackberry brambles, that were growing in it. That was the last trimming work I did on it. It's gotten so big that I can no longer reach invasive plants toward the center of it. It needs to be cut down and then the roots need to be dug out. The work was supposed to be done last December or January, but the lockdowns... Well, you know.