Sunday, August 16, 2020
A revolutionary tree.
This morning Angus and Sophie are heading off for eight old varieties of tomatoes.' The Font' wants to peel and confit them for a ' I've got lots of time during the second lockdown' salad. The greengrocer e-mails us to say that he'll be there at seven but ' Can we please remember to wear a mask ?'.
At six thirty it's bright enough for a walk through the sunflower fields. Each flower seems to have two bees working diligently away. Where do they go when the sunflowers are harvested ? What else could possible keep them busy en masse during the rest of the year ? On the far side of the valley the farmer has raised the netting over the apple trees. There is now an unattractive grey plasticy shape on the landscape.
Hygiene dictates that our morning croissant is again served in a paper bag. Angus scores it 8.8/10. Sophie thinks it warrants a 14. She'd happily have a second .... or a third.
The Tilleul tree has been given a sign indicating that it was planted in 1789. Angus thinks it improbable that a linden tree would last that long. The oaks yes, the lindens, no. We have some of them in the garden- sickly things that ooze black sap onto the ground.
I shall have to research the longevity of tree types but for the moment Angus is unconvinced that they were planted to commemorate the revolution. Madame Bay makes a foul smelling herbal infusion from dried Tilleul leaves.
So starts another day in a French village in high summer. No pilgrims, few locals, no visitors of any description. The motorway busy with Belgian and Dutch cars heading north in case a 14 day quarantine rule is imposed. The Brits have already gone. The fancy rental house that goes for $10 thousand bucks a week in high summer had been let to an English high court judge and his wife. They managed to get two seats on the BA flight from Toulouse to London before the 14 day quarantine was imposed. They have been forced to leave their very shiny grey Mercedes estate car behind . It will be collected at a later date.
Sunday morning music : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FaE32klkhc