Ready for Spring…. it’s coming!
Provence is literally built on stone walls. An ample supply of stone, coupled with fine masonry skills, have been handed down over the ages inot modern day Provence.
The skill of building dry stone walls was first brought to the are by the Romans from 50BC to 450AD. Then generations of medieval masons perfected the craft.
However, much of the early skill still happens to-day. Suitable stones are slected from the hills and old buildings, a sound foundation is dug and prepared and then stone by stone, the wall is built. It’s back-breaking work and in to-days OH&S environment, it is not uncommon to see the mason with a back brace.
Modern methods have, however, been brought into play with the structure behind the stone being created from cement bricks and reinforcing steel rods to withstand floods and anything else that nature could possibly do to destroy the masterpiece.
The Sound of Music in the Luberon at this time of year is the chain saw and the wood chomping machines.
Even the local authorities get in on the act and it’s a busy time for the tree surgeons.
Bon Sainte Valentin!
From across the ocean….. with love always …..
February is the time when Provençal gardens get the big ‘clean up’. Shrubs and trees are trimmed and cleaned for the spring; flower beds prepared to withstand potentially one or two big frosts and then to emerge from winter hibernation.
At the end of Febraury, the fruit trees are pruned; in March the roses and olive trees; and then come the beginning of April, the decorative hedging such as buxes.
Bastide les Amis is no different – in fact the soundtrack of February in the Luberon is the chain saw.