Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 19 May 2013

For the Farmers

While we have been driving around the Provence area over the past 7 weeks we have seen all sorts of farming activities taking place, so I thought we would share them with you.

At this time of the year preparation for this seasons produce seems to revolve mostly around the grape, olive and lavender industries with fruit, vegetables and cereal crops also on the go. The plots for each of these are very small; maybe 1 – 5 acre fields at the most; certainly no broad acre farming here.

As we are still getting rain here it is very lush and green and looks lovely. Everyone tells us that this is an exceptionally wet start to spring and that the weather should improve soon. We are currently having another wet spell but clearing tomorrow, so maybe soon…….
Hope it is raining where you are!!

From the first few photos you can see what we mean by small fields.

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Some crops are up and away whilst some fields are still being prepared.

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The canola is in flower and so are the poppies in the crop.

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Olive groves, grape vines and fruit trees are being pruned, weeded and sprayed.

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Lavender is pruned and rows ploughed.

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Livestock moved to greener pastures.

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Trust you are making good progress with seeding and that you are all well on the way to finished.


Responses

  1. How good does that look, some of our farmers in the east would appreciate that rain right now…also in the west.
    We are in the west at present….Eagles lucky on Friday night….back home in a week….keep those photos going, some amazing pics…well done to you both

  2. Hi Jim & Kerry

    Just love the farming photos. Have you had a chance to talk to any of the farmers.

    Cheers

    Dave

    • No Dave, our French is not that good. We have just enjoyed seeing it all.

  3. The country llooks fantastic, I am surprised that the crops look so advanced. A little bit of rain last night, we are looking for more rain now to fish the seeding, looks like it may be early June until we get the next event. Jamie played reasonable well in the WAFL, we willr est a few players this week and injuries etc may give Jamie another chance.

    We are still struggling to get our game to the leve;ls of last year, not looking good yet. Take care over there CT


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