Exactly a year ago, in a post called “Pruned it? Nearly wrecked it!,” I showed how the plane trees in the Greater Daglan Area were being savagely cut back. Well, the cutters are back in action this fall.
Let’s start with a photo I took yesterday (Sunday) while my wife Jan and I were lunching at Le Petit Paris. In the foreground you can see the branches of a large tree on the restaurant’s terrace. In the background, you can see a couple of trees (I believe they’re chestnuts) on the far side of the village’s main square, which have been pruned heavily.
Late this morning, as we drove back into our village, we saw the village worker in action, sawing away at the limbs of that same plane tree on the restaurant’s terrace. Here it is, with all the chopped branches piled around:
In this next view, you’ll see that most of the branches have been trimmed off, and you can just get a glimpse of the worker. That’s his hand on the ladder leaning against the tree, as he gets into position for the next bit of sawing:
All this chopping is just one more sign that autumn is really, truly here. Yet another sign is that this week, we’re getting our first delivery of firewood for this season. Semper paratus…