You may remember that in “Putting our sheep to work” (April 15), I described a request from our Mayor for volunteers to gather on April 22 to help build a fence on a hill next to Daglan’s cemetery. The goal was to create an enclosure so that sheep could be put to occasional use as living lawn mowers. Here’s how I began that posting:
Éco-pâturage, as I’m sure you know, refers to the practice of employing grazing animals for mowing, which of course saves time and resources, reduces the hard work of maintenance, and respects biodiversity. Okay, I didn’t know what it meant either. But it turns out that we in Daglan are very much in favour of éco-pâturage, and in fact are being asked to help implement it.
So last Thursday, the volunteer program was completed, and I’m pleased to say that Jan played an important role in the fence-building, by ensuring that each fence post was kept truly vertical as it was being driven into the ground. Now here’s a quick photographic review, starting with an overview of the volunteers on the hill:
The turn-out of volunteers was good (many hands make light work, you know), and so most of the fence-post planting was done in the morning, while the wire fencing was stapled into place later in the day. Here’s a look at the fence, from the cemetery side of the hill:
Of course all work and no play is a drag, and so the volunteers were able to take a well-earned break for coffee. Here’s the group:
What I haven’t seen yet are the sheep, and I’m not sure how often they will be needed for mowing. (They will be brought into the village by a young local sheep breeder.) But if I get a glimpse of them, you can be sure I’ll record the sight for blog posterity.
Another catastrophe for the GDA. In another recent posting, I described how a major flood had shut down one of the best restaurants in the Greater Daglan Area (the GDA), the charming O Moulin in Carsac. This past weekend, our area suffered another disaster, which Jan and I learned about on Monday morning. This time the cause was fire.
We had begun the week knowing that a company called Inova Cuisine would be installing a fitted kitchen for friends, and were anxious to know how quickly the work could be done — and what the finished kitchen would look like. But when Jan checked out the daily journal Sud–Ouest on her computer, she said to me — “Well, they won’t be getting their kitchen this week.”
What had happened over the weekend was a truly major fire, one that was fought by nearly 60 firefighters from all over the area. The fire devoured 2,000 square metres of Inova’s buildings, and we later learned that the destruction represented about half of the company’s products. And wouldn’t you know it, but our friends’ kitchen cabinets had been stored in the building that burned.
Jan and I know Inova well, and are impressed with it. It’s located in the hamlet of Campagnac-lès-Quercy, just about nine kilometres south of Daglan. We visited the company some years ago, intending to look at new tops for our kitchen counters — and wound up buying a completely new kitchen. Inova designed it, supplied all the appliances, and built and installed all the cabinet work. That was in the summer of 2013 (yikes — that’s eight years ago!). Here’s a view of the Inova truck that was parked in front of our house while the installation was taking place:
On the plus side, the people at Inova have been working like crazy to catch up with their projects, and have brought in additional workers. And today our friends learned that their new kitchen will be ready for installation next Wednesday. Pretty impressive.