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:
The next photo shows the tree from the side, half-pruned and half-waiting-to-be-pruned:
And this last photo shows the pile of branches that is building up, as the chainsaw continues its work:
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.