We worked outside today; round midday it registered 24C on our thermometer [northside, no sun]. It has been a stunning spring day. The cowslips and daisies really are harbringers of Easter with their bright yellow and white against the green of the grass.
We spent most of the time mowing the grass and sorting out an over-grown forsythia bush. It has finished flowering so we've cut it back very hard to try and get it into shape again.
We've left some areas of the grass uncut for now--like the section which is almost a cowslip meadow in the photo on the left. It will help the insects to leave it as is for a while.
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With 2,5 acres and quite a few trees it does take some time, especially if you're weaving in and out of trees, but the result does speak for itself.
Late last week and earlier this week Ken came and sorted out the old fosse etanche which we replaced by a fosse septique which we wrote about in December. The fosse etanche has been filled with sand and capped so no danger of a child or animal ever falling down into it.
Ken also created a turning space/extra parking area for us, just before you reach the house. While doing so he found 5 bricks, nothing unusual about that. We'd found other building rubbish before close by.
What was unusual was the marking on the bricks. Although they don't look to be very old, they do have some age to them as they were made in Charnizay; it's clearly stamped into the bricks: " Brethon A Charnizay". To the best of our knowledge Charnizay doesn't have, and hasn't, in the very recent past, had a brickworks. An odd feature is the z in Charnizay has been reversed. No idea why.