I have been to California. This time it was MM’s turn to accompany me. He did a great job. It felt good to be love-bombed by my friends for a couple of weeks. The photos and my thoughts await processing. When that is done, I’ll tell you more about it.
I have just gotten back to the house. While I was gone, it rained. We were spared the floods, fortunately. The Vendee is protected from the worst parts of any weather front and, as regular readers know, the Vendee is basically four-hundred-year-old infill, with well-maintained canals reliably carrying excess water to the adjacent Atlantic Ocean. Floods do happen, but to judge by house prices along the flood-prone coast, not often enough for folks to take seriously. I live half an hour inland and, thank you architect Drohomirecki, the house is raised on a roughly one-meter plinth.
Floods are not my issue. Weeds are. Julien hits the large areas with the mower and strimmer, but he leaves the handwork for me. That means weeding the flower beds and deadheading the roses, basically.
Some weeds are easy. On go the garden gloves, up come the weeds. But what do I do with this? I’m sure it’s wheat. With few exceptions, the farmers here grow wheat and corn. It’s all about the cash crop. What is the status of wheat in France? If I harvest this, is there any chance I owe Monsanto money? Can I save the grains and replant them? How much wheat is needed to make a loaf of bread?
It shouldn’t be such a quandary, but I am desperate to find organic produce that is not malformed or bug-ridden and which tastes good. Here in France, they have not yet mastered the fine points of organic farming. I have taken to growing things myself and here is this gift of wheat. What to do, what to do.
Deadheading the roses will have to wait. The ground is soft after so much rain and I want to keep it that way, so no walking around in the flower beds. Besides, I’m more of a wannabe than a real gardener. Am I pruning too close to the new growth? Leaving too long a stub?
I can uproot a few more weeds, but I think today is more for drinking tea, searching YouTube for rose pruning tips and taking care of Jacques. He thinks he helps by rolling in the burrs lurking in the grass, a kind of speed-weeding, but no, not really.