Winterizing 2013/14 — Step One

In the Greater Daglan Area, you know that winter is around the corner when the plane trees start being pruned. And right in Daglan’s heart, today (Monday, October 14) was the day the work began.

To be clear, it doesn’t feel like winter yet. Days are cool but not cold, and it’s a toss-up whether we start a fire or turn on one or more of the electric radiators. Unfortunately we’re having a bit more precipitation than we’d like, but at least it’s liquid rather than the cold white kind.

Here’s a quick look at today’s winterizing action, in three photos I took this morning just off the village square, right in front of our war memorial and the restaurant Le Petit Paris.

The first photo shows how our village workers are trimming the large plane tree, with a tractor close at hand to haul away the branches:

How the tree-pruning is carried out.

How the tree-pruning is carried out.

The next photo shows the tree from the side, half-pruned and half-waiting-to-be-pruned:

The half-pruned plane tree.

The half-pruned plane tree.

And this last photo shows the pile of branches that is building up, as the chainsaw continues its work:

Branches build up, before being hauled away.

Branches build up, before being hauled away.

As for my wife Jan and me, we’re well set for winter, with a good load of firewood stacked in the garage. And in fact, the house is in pretty tip-top shape, since we’re expecting the arrival of friends from Canada this evening, as they continue their tour of France.

Finally, speaking of Canada, I’d like to close with best wishes to Canadian family and friends, who are celebrating Thanksgiving today. There’s a lot to be thankful for.

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4 Responses to Winterizing 2013/14 — Step One

  1. Doug Curson says:

    Oh dear! How dismal it begins to look! But I guess there must be some compensations.

  2. loren24250 says:

    Well, it’s quieter. I suppose that’s something, Doug!

  3. marshp2013 says:

    Wow, when they prune something, they really prune it. Amazing to think it grows that much foliage during the summer. We had an early fall in Toronto but it changed its mind and now it’s beautiful and warm again. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. They must give thanks for something in France — maybe foie gras or Pouilly Fuisse or something.

    One note: you might want to lighten the first pic a touch — it looks quite dark on my monitor, at least.

    • loren24250 says:

      Thanks Paul. Yes, the pruning of the plane trees is really severe. So when the branches grow back in the spring, they aren’t “normal” branches as you’d expect on an oak or maple or whatever. They are more like shoots that grow off the nubs of the limbs that have been pruned so hard. This means the tree tends to keep an overall “ball” shape, and won’t get too huge. (At least that’s my best understanding.) As for the darkness of the first pic, I realize it’s not great — but it really was a pretty grey day.

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