Boundaries, Lines and Grapevines

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.

I thought my photos might make an interesting rural contribution to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge which is, you’ve guessed I know, ‘Boundaries’……

VInes 2-3

Grapes

VInes 5

Vines 4

Grapes 2

Grapes 4

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Those grapes look divine, especially the black ones. Mind you, I have been given to understand that we should no longer call them ‘black’. PC gone mad.

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    1. HaHa! You are joking Sarah – aren’t you??!! I do hope so, total tosh and nonsense as my dear old piano teacher used to say! Glad you like them whatever the colour! 🙂

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      1. I wish I was. Of course, it may be apocryphal but Mr FND heard some years ago that a Covent Garden trader lost a contract when he referred to them as white and black. Oh vey!

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      2. I suppose the average market chap is supposed to describe them as ‘a glinting, luscious hue of ruby, tantalisingly tinted with with traces of Titian red and maraschino purple? Heaven help us!

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  2. Timothy Price says:

    Love the vineyards in France. Beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you Timothy, there is definitely something special about them I think!

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  3. Grace says:

    Gorgeous shots, Jane, perfect for this week’s challenge. Do you ever pinch yourself to be sure your life isn’t really a dream? I so envy you! 😊

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    1. Cheers Grace! Don’t envy, it sure ain’t all perfect, I only show the good bits!!! Have to admit though that it is a wonderful place to find beautiful things! 😉

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  4. For the row photos, i love number 3 & 4, you made the row composition creatively yet sweet n lovely. For the vines, i love all of them.

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    1. Thank you idlehomemaker – I’m really pleased you like them!

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  5. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful, what a gorgeous place.

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    1. Thankyou Beautywhizz! The vineyard belongs to my neighbour on the hillside opposite! 🙂

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      1. Beautywhizz says:

        Luck you to have that on your doorstep!

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  6. Sue says:

    Ah, to be in France at grape harvest time….some years since I was! Anyway, thanks for the nudge, Jane, I now know what I shall post for boundaries….my first post in above a month coming up later today, perhaps!

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    1. Hi Sue, good to hear from you! Hope your month out was relaxing and ‘fruitful’! I’ll look forward to your post!

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      1. Sue says:

        My month out was moving home and a 2 week holiday! Now back to reality….

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      2. Sounds perfect – good luck with the reality part, never rated it much myself 😀

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      3. Sue says:

        Haha….yes, life can get a bit earnest and real at times!

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  7. Jane Lurie says:

    How I love vineyards and your images are fabulous, Jane. The mood of your landscapes and light on the grapes. Beautifully shot.

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    1. Many thanks indeed Jane!

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  8. Andrew Seal says:

    Gorgeous gallery of vineyards and grapes Jane and congratulations on being featured by The Daily Post. Thanks for the follow. I think you will enjoy this one from my harvest celebrations last month. Best wishes – http://wp.me/p3gSod-2HQ

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    1. Many thanks Andrew! Just visited your post – love the images!

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  9. I bow to the workers who maintain such a beautiful vineyard and also to the skills of the photographer who took these photos. 🙂

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    1. You are very kind Judy – much appreciated! The harvesting in mainly done by machine around here these days but all the pruning and tying in is of course still done by hand and hard work it is too!

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