The grape harvest (vendange in French) is well underway all around the hillside and watching the machines trundling up and down the rows of vines I decided I’d better get out and about with my camera before they finish and the grapes are gone for another year.
The vines are one of the things I love most about our region of France. The straight rows of the vines give the countryside defined boundaries and a pleasing look of order, richness and symmetry. I’ve often thought they look a little like patches of green corduroy dotted about the landscape and with their lush green leaves – at this point of the season trimmed with military precision – they give the landscape patterns and textures which seem to me to be classically French.
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