|ready, steady....no drivers!|
Today is Charnizay's 'Concours de Labours' [ploughing competition]. Every year a farmer 'donates' the use of a field and the farmers with their tractors gather to see who can plough the best furrow. Sadly no horse drawn ploughs take part as they did in competitions we saw in Limburg (NL). However, they do hold a lady's competition as well as a men's. We'll get a full report of the results the next issue of the 'Petit Charnizeen' our local newsletter.
When we eventually found the right 'lieu-dit': St Michel; much had already happend and most folk were clustered round a central judge's tent aka refeshment stand for a pre-lunch chit-chat.
|off to lunch!|
The tractors were all left standing proud next to their furrows which were neatly marked with numbers. A few cars sped off in clouds of dust and then all of the remaining folk piled into an animal transporter to trundle back to Charnizay proper to have lunch in the chapiteau [marquee] which stands all summer next to the Airgronne. Ploughing resumed in the afternoon.
|vendange, medieval style|
Just to be on the safe side we harvested our peaches. The previous owners planted a small peach tree and it is still very young.
|our peach harvest|
Last summer it gave us 5 peaches, this year we have had a - comparatively- bumper crop. They ripen very late as the people who planted it weren't really very green fingered. They planted it where it gets buffeted by the NE and NW winds which come over the ridge. Still it has established itself there and done us proud.