Almond blossoms, everywhere…

Ready for Spring…. it’s coming!

The Luberon Valley.

Looking down on a garden in Ménerbes – getting green already.

 

Creative use of a large stone for a letterbox.

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.

It’s not as easy as it looks!

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.

An ancient wall literally fraying at the seams.

 

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.

All new growth from the previous year is trimmed off. It’s brutal but effective.

The chompnig machine – makes a real racket!

Another tree gets the surgeon’s treatment

Rue Sainte Barbre in Ménerbes. Medieval to the core.

Another misty morning – must be February.

It may be February but the almond trees are wanting to burst out.

Near to Ménerbes in the Luberon.

A misty morning in the Luberon – trees trimmed awaiting spring.

Bon Sainte Valentin!

From across the ocean….. with love always …..

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